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Volkswagen - Water Pump Project

Added on 22-03-2013





Business challenge

In Brazil’s semiarid areas people have to fetch water for their survival in places far away. The alternative is to obtain water from boreholes made in various places in search of oil without success. These wells are rather narrow and water pump make it possible for communities to capture at least 1,000 liters of water per hour.


VW Brzsil through Autovisão Brasil, iniciated the water pump program in partnership with Misereor and IRPAA (both NGO's). And there was a need to developed partnership with a manufacturer, “Menegotti Equipamentos”, supplying them with components drawings, tooling development, material specifications and target price, being their responsibility the manufacturing, distribution process, technical support and warranty.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

Up to now, VW Brazil has over 450 water pumps installed, directly benefiting over 15.000 families. That means over 75.000 people can have water in a perennial way, allowing for the planting and the creation of animals.

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