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Hippo Roller is a successful 25-year social enterprise that has changed millions of lives in 48 countries with appropriate technology in water-stressed communities by improving access to water with the Hippo Roller, a device used to carry 90L of water more easily and efficiently than traditional methods.
- Multiple award-winning product design and organization
- Immediate impact & appropriate response to issues surrounding water.
- Unlocks time for education, economic prosperity & improved health.
- Low maintenance sustainable design, lasting 5-7 years in tough rural conditions.
- Empowers rural farmers to grow from subsistence to sustainable small-scale farming to generate income.
Developing nations lack water delivery infrastructure. In 2015 663 Million lacked access to safe water within 1 kilometre (fairobserver.com). Water is not easy to keep clean if it must be transported from a shared source. Globally it causes the deaths of over 1,000 children every day. The Hippo Roller was specifically designed to alleviate the suffering incurred and time consumed collecting water in tough rural conditions. This appropriate technology rolls 90-litres of water on the ground and has been deployed since 1993.
More water means a better quality of life, children are enabled to get to school and gain better employment opportunities. Families can irrigate, generating income and rising above subsistence levels. Time given back is valuable and a benefit that Hippo Rollers bring.
“2,1 billion people lack access to safe readily available water at home” WHO & UNICEF (12 Jul ’17) implying that it must be collected. 55,000+ Hippo Rollers have already been distributed to 48 countries over the past 25 years. It is our plan to distribute another 75,000, ending misery for millions by scaling distribution and through local manufacture.
We plan to achieve a lower “landed cost” so NGOs, governments, sponsors and donors are able to purchase more cost effectively from local distributors and this will provide access to new markets for additional water related technology products.
Hippo Roller is managed by a family including Grant Gibbs (Founder) with 25 years of Hippo Roller social enterprise, NGO and CSI experience and Warrick & Ryan Gibbs who grew up with Hippo Roller. They manage both sponsor & beneficiary engagements, site visits and logistics. Outsourcing wherever possible, other staff include Pierre le Roux – social media & website development, Laura Rigby – sales coordination & administration, Darren Smith – marketing, communications & strategy with 25 years experience, Laurie Gibbs – supply chain management, distribution & project administration and Isaac Nleya – logistics, assembly & order preparation.
Mark Wilkes holds a BEng & an MBA. His 30+ year experience includes directorships with Samsung, VC backed SiConnect & Enmodus in the IOT sector, and at Fine Group.
Adele Tomasin holds a BSc in business & technology and an MSc in psychosocial studies. Her 20 year experience includes country management and ownership of Easy Internet cafe, marketing management for Lyons, running Australian Gold’s European Distribution network, and 5 years as chief of What’s Next with All the Ideas.
“For us at Hippo Roller, ‘changing lives’ is not a cliché, it is what gets us up in the morning and motivates us to help the millions of rural and impoverished communities. Our reward is seeing communities lift themselves beyond poverty to a sustainable lifestyle.”
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STORIES & PROJECTS
2018 Global SDG Awards
Clean Water & Sanitation
2016 Frost & Sullivan
African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award
2005 INDEX Denmark
1997 SABS Design Institute
Design for Development
Cullinan Design Award
2016 - Designing the World
Cube Design Museum, Netherlands
2016 - 'Inventos Solidarios'
Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Spain
2014 - Design for Social Impact
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
2013 - AIDF Washington DC
2013 - Water for Thought: Life-Changing Design
Roca London Gallery
2012 - Village of Solutions
6th World Water Forum in Marseille
2007 - Design Indaba Conference
Cape Town, South Africa