Jumbo Thai Jar


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Solution Overview & Benefits

Jumbo Thai Jars are large, hand-built cement and mesh tanks that provide an affordable and durable water storage solution in areas where water access can be scarce or intermittent. The shape minimizes evaporation and the material minimizes seepage while remaining easy to construct and repair from local materials. Jumbo Thai Jars have a relatively small footprint compared with similarly sized storage options, making them ideal for closely spaced small-scale farmers.


  • Can store water from many sources: rain, ground, surface water, in-ground storage tanks.
  • Supplies water for drip irrigation systems, and sprinkler irrigation systems if elevated high enough.
  • Simple to construct in 3-5 days with assistance of a trained mason. Repairs can be done with local materials.
  • Durable, able to withstand natural elements.
  • A useful component for Multiple Use Water Systems and shared use for domestic applications.

History & Development

iDE is an international non-profit dedicated to ending poverty in the developing world not through handouts, but by helping farm families access the tools and knowledge they need to increase their income.

iDE's origins as a formal organization lie in a visit to a Somalian refugee camp in 1982. It was there that founder Paul Polak noticed a critical lack of transport limiting the economic opportunities of refugees who were relying on manual transportation for all commodities. Following the principle "in technology, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," iDE re-engineered the local donkey cart and interested local artisans in manufacturing one with a more efficient center of gravity, using abandoned car parts for affordability. The donkey carts were a success; more than 500 were sold, producing $1 million of net income for cart owners.


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Countries where available: Worldwide
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