First off, I just want to say it was very inspiring to see how enthusiastic Marianne and Annemarie were about such a cool and simple design. My favorite line was “For we happen to like, no, even better, to love the Zimbabwe Bush Pump in all of its many variants” (de Laet and Mol). They are passionate about a design that helps give clean drinking water to villages in Africa. How could you not be excited about that?
My second point came to me when the two of them were discussing what they considered what should be included in the Zimbabwe Bush Pump. I believe this is where 90% of all sustainable design failures occur. The first thought of most designers is build to fill a need. They need clean water? Build them a pump and lets move on. This, on paper, makes sense. However, the connection to the community is what drives success. de Laet and Mol included the community in their identity of the pump. In this way, future problems can be fixed by the community since they were an integral part of the production process. The quote “it takes a village” is extremely true for implementing sustainable design in developing countries.