Imagine a place where there are no water pipes to ensure the continuous flow of this life-giving liquid; where collecting water in barrels is way more affordable and easier than pumping it up from the ground. Now, envision most of your morning being spent hauling water barrels from the lake to your home? Around 750 million people around the world lack easy access to clean water and are in this exact situation.
The Hippo Roller Water Project has come up with a unique yet simple contraption to help people transport their water barrels without any struggle. Their ingenious offering, the ‘Hippo Roller’, has radically transformed the lives of several rural Africans. It used to take the average resident around 30 minutes to carry an insanely heavy water tub on their head. With the aid of the of the Hippo Roller, however, they can now commute to and from the lake in just a matter of minutes. The Hippo Roller barrel is capable of carrying up to five times more water than a single bucket.
The barrel can be filled in the blink of an eye, and you simply need to roll it down the path to your home. With the Hippo Roller, even after making a couple of these trips, you will be raring to delve into other household chores. It not only saves time, but a significant amount of energy as well.
This elementary contraption has not only improved the lives of the rural Africans, but also millions of water-insecure people in more than 20 other countries. The Hippo Roller has allowed them to spend more time with their family, tending to other important tasks and alleviating the water crises. If you’d like to donate a nominal amount to help manufacture more Hippo Rollers, you can do so through their website.