KickStart International

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.


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.

NPI Evaluation of KickStart
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