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New Technology for Farmers in Africa



KickStart creates and markets tools that enable African families to climb out of poverty forever. In FY 08, we plan to assist more than 90,000 more people to escape from poverty.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

42 % of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lives on less than $1/day. The world's poorest people must be entreprenuerial to survive. Using these skills in combination with KickStart's tools, over 50,000 families have started profitable businesses which generate over $52 million in new profits and wages each year. These business owners can now afford to educate their children, provide the family with health care, and plan for a brighter future. Help us enable 1000s more to escape poverty.

How will this project solve this problem?

KickStart develps and markets money-making tools. Our manual irrigation pumps enable poor farmers to grow high-value crops in the dry season to increase their incomes ten-fold., and for the first time properly look after their families.

Potential Long Term Impact

We plan to help over 90,000 in our current fiscal year and 400,000 people over the next three years to escape from poverty forever.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $121,273

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $121,273 .  The original project funding goal was $200,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Thanks to 104 donors like you, a total of $121,273 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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KickStart International

San Francisco, CA, United States

Project Leader

Ken Weimar

Director of Development
San Francisco, CA United States

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