Almost out of necessity, a FINNIDA project in the Western Province of Kenya, turned to women to recruit as hand pump mechanics.
|Title||Women handpump mechanics in Kenya|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Pagination||p. 19-21: 3 photogr.|
|Keywords||attitudes, caretakers, hand pumps, india mark ii pumps, india mark iii pumps, kenya, kenya western province, maintenance, nira pumps, operation, social change, socioeconomic impact, vlom pumps, women's work|
Almost out of necessity, a FINNIDA project in the Western Province of Kenya, turned to women to recruit as hand pump mechanics. Married village women, trained as mechanics, were less likely than men to leave their rural community in search of a better opportunity in the city. The women who are trained to repair the hand pumps were usually already acting as pump caretakers. The replacement of the INDIA Mark II and NIRA 76 hand pumps with two others which are lightweight and are easy to disassemble without heavy equipment (the INDIA Mark III and NIRA 85) has made the process of transferring the hand pump maintenance responsibilities to women easier.