The Hippo Water Roller is a simple technology that is changing the lives of millions of women.
For many, clean water comes with the twist of a tap. But in rural Africa access to water requires hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting. On average, women spend four to six hours a day collecting and transporting water to supply a family’s daily need.
The hippo roller’s simple design moves water more efficiently. A full roller holds 25 gallons of water – five times the amount using traditional methods. Because the weight is borne on the ground, even children can manage a roller over most types of terrain.
Traditional methods of carrying five gallon buckets on the head can cause long-term damage and premature ageing. A roller holds enough water to meet the daily needs of five people. Fewer trips to collect water give women and children access to better hygiene and living conditions, and they now can spend their time on more productive educational and economic opportunities.