Skoll Foundation



Skoll Awardee(s): Martin Fisher and Nick Moon
Award Year: 2005
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Economic Opportunity

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Nick Moon grew up in India and Southeast Asia, and he co-owned a woodworking enterprise in London. He sold his share to take up development work in Africa. Martin Fisher, who earned a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics, was inspired to find solutions for the developing world during international travel and studies supported by a Fulbright fellowship. They cofounded ApproTEC in Kenya in 1991. Although their technologies include an oil press and brick-making equipment, irrigation pumps are their signature product. The organization changed its name to KickStart in 2005.

Impact since joining the portfolio in 2005:

  • Pumps Sold: 249,963
  • Enterprises Created: 160,000
  • People Moved out of Poverty: 820,000
  • New Profits and Wages Generated Annually: $130 million
  • Dollars earned by farmers for each donor dollar spent ratio: 1:15
  • Cost to KickStart to get one family out of poverty forever: $330; Cost per person moved out of poverty: $65
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