This month the smallVOICE team highlights an innovative way of transporting water as our ‘small voice of the month‘, our way of celebrating someone or something with a small voice but that makes a big difference. Listen at 35’05 minutes in to the podcast.
The ‘Hippo Water Roller Project’ was established in 1994 in response to the unique needs and constraints in terms of access to water of rural women and children across Africa. Now simply referred to as ‘Hippo Roller’, the broad social impact of this social enterprise has been felt in more than 20 countries, with a total distribution of 50,000 Hippo Water Rollers, and a reach of close to half a million people.
Designed in Africa for Africa, the 90 litre Hippo Water Roller enables women, children and the elderly to collect five times more water than a single bucket by simply rolling it along the ground. It was specifically designed for use in tough rural conditions, with a long lifespan of 5 – 7 years, often much longer. Using the Hippo roller results in many social benefits, most of which are immediate.