Designed in Africa for Africa (and other developing nations) by South Africans, the Hippo Water Roller has proven to help undeveloped communities to collect and carry water to their homes far more easily and efficiently than traditional methods.

Broad-Based Social Impact

  • Some of the Social Impact Benefits experienced:

    Reduces the suffering caused by carrying heavy loads of water.

    Saves many hours a day allowing more time for other important tasks. It gives women and children more time for education and more time for economic activities.

    Improves hygiene and health. Rolling rather than carrying heavy buckets of water reduces the strain on the skeletal frame reducing the possibilities of physical injury.

    Positive cultural changes as men who generally consider collecting water a menial task now help collect water with this technology.

    Many NGO’s are more effective in achieving their particular goals and objectives.


Community Reach

Sudanese man pulling a Hippo roller

Global Distribution

  • Already distributed in 21 African countries
  • Benefiting in excess of 300,000 people
  • Small quantities to other continents
  • Increasing emphasis on user feedback

Case Study

Sudan woman with bucket on her head

South Sudan

  • One roller is used by a number of families
  • Boosting local businesses e.g. brick-making
  • Government, community leaders and local population desire to expand project and include local production

Impact Assessment

Government Approved

  • "Appropriate innovative technology"
  • Reduces traffic to and from water sources
  • Reduces spinal, back and hand injuries

Latest Community Reports

  • Gokwe, Midlands, Zimbabwe: Cargill & Chireya Garden Project, October 2014 +

    Critically Dry Conditions Not a blade of grass in sight indicates just how tough and dry the living conditions are for these people living near Gokwe – a major cotton producing area of Zimbabwe. This man-made dam is completely dry and so the Chireya nutritional garden project ladies are saving their meagre funds to hire equipment to dig the dam deeper in order to sustain vegetable production for longer periods.   Read More
  • Tembe, KwaZulu-Natal: Nedbank & Wildlands Conservation Trust, November 2013 +

    Nedbank sponsored 67 Hippo rollers through the 67.67 Hippo Water Roller Challenge in 2013. The 67.67 Challenge is an annual campaign in support of International Mandela Day. Nedbank has agreed to partner with the Wildlands Conservation Trust in KwaZulu-Natal to distribute the rollers to needy communities in line with its firm commitment to the promotion of water stewardship. The first batch of 17 rollers were handed over to the Thembe community Read More
  • Kgautswane, Limpopo: Collette Foundation, April 2013 +

    On the 16th of April 2013 Collette Vacations again visited South Africa to personally handover another 100 x Hippo water Rollers to community members living at Kgautswane in South Africa.Clara Masinga facilitated and coordinated the handover which left an indelible mark on the donors. The beneficiaries were so grateful to receive their own Hippo roller – at last! Thank you Collette Vacations for your continued support. Read More
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