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The Baby Elephant
Price: 15,500 Kyats ($16)
Total Number Sold: 21356
Suction Depth: 25 feet
Flow rate at 15 feet suction depth: 850 Gal/hour
The Baby Elephant is the first entirely plastic pump of it’s kind. At just $17 USD, it offers an extremely affordable, and profitable, first step out of poverty.
Developed in response to customer observations that showed them building precariously high platforms to place their pump on and treadle from, the Baby Elephant has a unique rope and pulley system that enables the user to remain on the ground while pumping up to a water tank. This makes for safer, more user-friendly treadling.
"Farmers can extend their plots with Sin Pauk. It can also make fat people slim and beautiful, like a magician."
Thilawar Village, Kyaut Tan Tsp
"Having the pump on the ground makes it safer for my daughters to use too."
Kyon Tone Village
"As we do not have to drive the pump from a height, we do not have to be afraid of falling down."
"Sin Pauk is a really popular pump; even the villagers in very remote places know about it well."