One of the biggest challenges for rural women in India is to fetch water. They spend hours walking to wells/taps, and carrying water back on their heads. All that is going to change with Wello, a company that is looking to transform the chore of carrying water.
Wello is producing WaterWheels, which are devices that can carry 50 litres of water. The best part is that it works like a wheel-trolley and can be dragged/rolled instead of being carried on the head. The device, developed by Cynthia Koenig, has already generated interest, having won the $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to further develop the product.
The WaterWheel was created after consulting women in rural Rajasthan, where carrying water is a part of everyday life. Costing between $25-$30 (Rs. 1750-2100), the WaterWheel is being produced in Ahmedabad, and is to be initially implemented in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. The material is designed to sustain rough terrain and can be used as a container too.
Developed by Cynthia Koenig, a social entrepreneur from New York, the WaterWheel could transform the way rural women in India do their chores. The device saves both time and effort and should be a welcome change!
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