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Hippo Roller wins the Frost & Sullivan 2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award

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The Hippo Water Roller Project won the Frost & Sullivan “2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award” The award was presented to Grant Gibbs, Executive Director, at a prestigious ceremony at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 18 August 2016. The Hippo Water Roller Project receives this award with much appreciation and is greatly encouraged to continue its …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

63 percent of rural India do not have drinking water source

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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. …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

Iowa church improves water access in Malawi with Hippo Rollers

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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 …