Agricultural show, Innovation day, Empowering workshop, Community enterprises

Farmers receive rollers for irrigation

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1. Poultry community enterprises in Lilongwe, Malawi

The hippo rollers have been a huge success. The site we launched them at is Ufulu which is near Lilongwe. I don’t know the names of the people in the photos but they are the attendants for the poultry community enterprise that GFG launched. Our community enterprises are businesses run by and at community-based organizations in Malawi that fund orphan care programs. The attendants were making 25 trips/day to get water. Now they go only a few times and people love using the hippo roller so much that people volunteer to help because they like using it. We’d like to get hippo rollers for 4 other sites ASAP. Thank you for inventing this great product!”

2. Innovation Day at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Visitors Centre of the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation used the Hippo Water Roller at a family event called Innovation Day on October 4.

They had activity stations where visiting kids and families learned about some key global issues but also saw some of the innovations that different organizations and individuals are creating and using that are making a difference.

One of the stations focussed on water, and had buckets that kids could lift to see how heavy water is, some water filters were demonstrated and kids then had the opportunity to test the hippo Roller as an innovative means of transporting water.

Farmer rejoices after receiving a hippo rolller for irrigation

3. Small-holder farmers at Agricultural Show in Johannesburg

Our recent participation in an Agricultural show in Johannesburg was aimed at promoting the Hippo Roller as an appropriate irrigation technology for small-holder farmers. We conducted a survey amongst farmers and gave away three Hippo water rollers as prizes – recipients were jubilant!

4. In Jinja, Uganda with theSiemens empoweringpeople. Network

We took part in the first “empowering people. Onsite” of the Siemens Stiftung which took place in Jinja, Uganda from September 25-27. At the conclusion of the workshop participants had some fun with the Hippo roller, when it was time for men to learn what it’s like to carry water! The Hippo Water Roller Project is a member of the“empowering people. Network”(epN): empowering people. Onsite.

  • View the Hippo Water Roller page on epN solutions website.
  • Read epN Interview with Grant Gibbs, Executive Director of the Hippo Water Roller Project

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Hippo Roller: A Story of Impact

In the remote corners of our rural communities, there are many whose daily lives are marked by challenges most of us could scarcely imagine. Brenda,