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This is an excellent article using the Hippo Water Roller as an example to define innovation

This is an excellent article using the Hippo Water Roller as an example to define innovation

The idea of a “water roller” is not “new.” But, the introduction of the Hippo Water Roller is an innovation that is changing the lives of women fetching water in Africa. “I haven’t used the term “gobsmacked” in quite a while. After seven African safaris, I was gobsmacked by the Hippo Water Roller and the elegant simplicity of a practical solution. To be honest, I own a water roller for seeding lawns, but I would never have thought of it ...

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Welcome to the Za-na Junior Boxing Academy Hippo Roller Fundraising page

Welcome to the Za-na Junior Boxing Academy Hippo Roller Fundraising page

Every day, the students of the Za-na Junior Boxing Academy and their families struggle to access water. Water wells are poorly distributed in their community, forcing children and woman to walk long distances and carry multiple buckets of water for their daily consumption. “We want to change this. Our goal is to facilitate this commute and optimize water access in the community of Zana, Uganda. Help us reach our goal!” – Ernesto Sanchez, Za-na Junior Boxing Academy. Read more: http://givewater.hipporoller.org/Zanajunioracademy  

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63 percent of rural India do not have drinking water source

63 percent of rural India do not have drinking water source

In India, one in four rural households spends more than half an hour walking to collect water. The situation isn’t any brighter in urban areas, where 20 percent of households spend the same amount of time to reach water sources. Households in rural Odisha take the longest average walking time to reach a water source – more than an hour. In addition, they spend time waiting their turn. Once filled, water jugs can weigh as much as 20 kg. Read ...

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Don't Invent – Innovate: The Art of Resolving Human Need

Don’t Invent – Innovate: The Art of Resolving Human Need

As a customer experience consultant, I am often tasked with helping businesses identify the high-value human needs for which people, process, or technology innovations can be crafted. One of my favorite examples of a high-value innovation is the Hippo Water Roller. Invention is the creation of something new and innovation is creating a new solution that addresses a human need. Innovation requires an effort to solve a problem. We appreciate this very important distinction between invention and innovation by Joseph Michelli, Ph.D. Read his ...

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Can better access to water aid women's rights in Africa?

Can better access to water aid women’s rights in Africa?

Improving water accessibility – and fixing the gender imbalance connected with water collection – could improve the education and productivity of women and girls in 24 sub-Saharan African countries. Here a woman near Luphisi, South Africa, uses a Hippo Roller to collect water. She used to carry water on her head for more than a mile to the river and back home. The Hippo carries five times as much water as a bucket. In rural South Africa few families have ...

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SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

In her 2016/2017 budget speech on 11 May 2016, Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced detailed plans to aid municipalities unable to cope with the current drought or to meet the service delivery requirements of their communities. The drought mitigating strategies of DWS include new campaigns such as Drop a Block (save water used in toilets), the Hippo Water Roller (transport and store water) and others. In our continued engagements with municipalities, we ...

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Report: Using crowdfunding and community ownership to maximise the impact of Hippo Water Rollers in Mozambique

Report: Using crowdfunding and community ownership to maximise the impact of Hippo Water Rollers in Mozambique

In 2015 Ruben Morgado and his wife partnered with the Carlos Morgado Foundation in Mozambique to create a crowdfunding campaign to fund, transport, and distribute 30 Hippo Rollers to the community of Mangundze in the district of Manjacaze. Their goal was to assist families to secure improved access to drinking water, benefiting their health and freeing their time to focus on education and income-generating opportunities. They wanted a tool that would have an immediate impact in the community, and the ...

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Iowa church improves water access in Malawi with Hippo Rollers

Iowa church improves water access in Malawi with Hippo Rollers

Water access in Malawi, like most other countries in Africa, is a daily challenge faced by millions of people. Women, children and older people lift heavy buckets on their head each day and walk long distances to fetch water. This impacts heavily on their bodies, straining their body muscles, especially their backs and necks. Fortunately, several hundred of the close to 100,000 people who live in the Songa villages of Malawi benefited from 140 Hippo Water Rollers distributed by Save ...

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Hippo Rollers for Operation Hydrate and the Swartruggens community

Hippo Rollers for Operation Hydrate and the Swartruggens community

It was a heartwarming experience to be hosted by the Swartruggens community in the North West this past Saturday! We were encouraged by the enthusiasm, energy and competence of Operation Hydrate Initiative SA who distributed drinking water and Hippo Rollers to the local community, supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Yusuf Abramjee, North West FM, & others. What brings us together in South Africa, more than anything else is when we take hands to find solutions for ...

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