Sunlight pump for smallholder farmers – ennos

The project

ennos gmbh develops and distributes the sunlight pump, a portable solar water pump for irrigation and domestic water supply in developing countries. The technology combines income, productivity and labour-saving benefits. It will be made accessible in several countries through the establishment of a supply chain and affordable payment options.


Within the next six years, ennos plans to scale up the production and marketing capacity to around 1’000 sunlight pump units per month. The vision of ennos is to supply a high quality product and make it accessible and affordable for smallholder farmers. Beyond that, ennos wants to offer extensive support and after sales services to the customers to guarantee a productive use of the technology for many years.

Sunlight pump in use in India


Honduras & Nicaragua


Thanks to the financial assistance of Swiss Bluetec Bridge, ennos could start its activities beginning of 2016. In March, the company was converted into an “Aktiengesellschaft”. At the same time, it decided to look for a new production partner in India, found in Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., a strong and reliable partner for manufacturing and distribution of the sunlight pump. The first batch of pumps are planned to come out of production by end 2016.

Since the beginning of the year, ennos was active in building up the market in Honduras/Nicaragua and in Kenya/Uganda. It has partners in those countries who are checking the market situation and the rules for import trade. Sales are expected to begin in early 2017.

Project owner

The Swiss-based company ennos ag was founded in 2006 as a spin-off of Berne University of Applied Sciences in Biel/Bienne. The purpose of ennos is to further develop the sunlight pump and new innovations in the same product family, to produce those renewable technologies and make them accessible to BoP clients in developing countries through the establishment of a last mile distribution network.