From the plastic-stool-strategically-located-by-the-slightly-open-door-in-hopes-of-receiving-a-flicking-internet-signal-while-keeping-out-mosquitos of Alissa:
In September I launched my first nation-wide product! (I use “I” since product launches are old news for Mr. Intuitive Surgical.) The S’in Pauq Treadle Pump, meaning “little elephant,” is one of the world’s cheapest plastic treadle pumps, and the only one able to pump water into an elevated water storage container while treadling from the ground.
The S’in Pauq is available to small plot farmers for $15.00, which covers the cost of product materials, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and dealer mark-up. IDE raises grant money to cover costs such as R&D, prototyping, and other overhead expenses. This pump is the seventh in our product line of pumps, but the first designed exclusively in Myanmar, and the first made out of plastic. The design team ventured into plastic manufacturing to lower the pump cost to half of the previously cheapest pump. Injection molding in Myanmar comes with quite a few challenges such as managing plastic material quality (and even knowing what plastic is being used), plastic availability in a “dynamic” economy, and mold machining quality.
Why would you want to pump water into an elevated water basket at all? By elevating the water, you pressurize it. A farmer can run a hose from a water basket to a sprinkler or a drip irrigation system, which they couldn’t do if their water source were on the ground. If the water source is on the ground (like in the picture with the little boy), farmers have to haul sprinkler cans on their backs to water crops, a slow and grueling process. (Ide Myanmar also sells a pressure pump that pressurizes water from ground-level, but it’s much more expensive and has more reliability issues.)
We predicted that we would sell 2,000 S’in Pauq pumps this year (and 20,000 total products). We are one month into the 6 month season, and we already have orders for 1,800 S’in Pauq pumps and 8,500 total products. A great problem to have, unless you’re the manufacturing team… or unless you're married to a member of the manufacturing team.