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In some rural parts of Africa, people, especially women and children spend up to 26% of their time fetching water for drinking and cooking, washing and other needs. The images of women carrying water jars on their heads are a traditional postcard of Africa, but these people, in addition to wasting a lot of time on this daily struggle, often suffer from long-term injuries due to the heavy load carried inappropriately.
There are millions of women and children who struggle daily to access water. It is estimated that globally, women and children spend 140 million hours collecting fresh water every day. This is typically done with heavy 20 litre buckets balanced on their head.
The 90 litre Hippo Roller enables women, children and the elderly to collect five times more water than a single bucket. Users simply roll the Hippo Roller along the ground. Its solutions improve water access, food security and income generation.
The Hippo Roller empowers women and children who are often responsible for water collection in rural communities. It’s an appropriate technology which is widely accepted in many countries. Most of the benefits experienced by its users are immediate.
The Hippo Water Roller was created in 1991 by two South Africans, Mr. Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. They both grew up on farms and had seen the effect of the water crisis on rural communities where access to water is a daily struggle for millions of people.
The Hippo Water Roller Project was established in 1994 and first piloted in South Africa. The broad social impact of the project has since been felt in more than 20 other countries.
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