aQysta

The Barsha Pump

Obstacle

For small and medium-sized farmers in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, watering crops can be a challenge. Simple solutions are needed to help farmers keep crops watered.

Innovation Type

Water-Food

Company Stage

Level 5 - Regulatory Freedom to Operate

Financing Status

Seeking Private Equity, Seeking Commercial Debt

Seeking investment?

Yes

Country of Incorporation

Nepal

Country(Ies) of Implementation

India, Indonesia, Nepal, Columbia, Malawi

Contact Name

Pratap Thapa

Contact Email

pratap@aQysta.com

Product Segment

Water - Re-use / Efficiency

Website Address

http://www.aqysta.com

A low-cost, hydro-powered irrigation pump that does not require any fuel or electricity, has no operating expenses, and does not emit any polluting greenhouse gases.

Milestones and Achievements

To date, aQysta has reached 241 end users with its hydro-pump technology. The innovator has installed 5 Barsha pumps across Nepal in diverse socioeconomic conditions. In Year 2, aQysta hopes to install 40 new pumps. Additionally, the innovator has leveraged more than $200,000 in outside funding, and has seen a profit margin of 21%.

Goals

  • Counsel on aQysta’s overall business model in order to identify the most optimal path to scale.
  • Help collaborating with USAID’s Nepal projects and help positioning the pump technology to local farmers.
  • Recommendations on connecting with relevant investor audiences such as venture funds, impact funds, and family foundations.
  • Support in developing a micro-financing option model to approach micro-financing institutions.
  • Help in designing a complete irrigation and pump system for packaged sales.

Challenge

For small and medium-sized farmers in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, watering crops can be a challenge. Irrigation solutions such as diesel and solar-powered pumping exist, but are not sustainable, requiring constant repairs, refueling, or large upfront investments. Simple solutions are needed to help farmers keep crops watered.

Solution

aQysta’s Barsha pump is a low-cost, innovative solution for smallholder farmers to irrigate their fields without using any fuel or electricity. The hydro-powered pump is easily implemented anywhere there is flowing water nearby and requires little maintenance.

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