KickStart International Inc. (KSI) provides technology to enable entrepreneurial individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. Its key product is a human powered mechanical pump that allows crops to be irrigated consistently and grown throughout the year.
NPI Rating: NEUTRAL
KSI’s programs have exhibited the ability to significantly increase farmer income. However, difficulty in reaching farmers is a challenge to widespread adoption of the pump. Operating expenses per pump remains high due to operating subscale. KSI has run an operating deficit since 2009 and ended FY2011 with $213k of cash, leaving the organization in a precarious financial position. NPI advises donors to seek clarity on management’s budget and plan to achieve sustainability.
Download the full research report in PDF format here: NPI Evaluation of KickStart International.