How A Manual Washing Machine Can Help Reclaim Time, Improve Lives

May 4, 2024

In the bustling tapestry of our global society, a startling statistic looms large: an estimated 60% of individuals worldwide engage in the arduous task of hand-washing clothes.

A duty that disproportionately rests upon the shoulders of women and girls.

“This labor-intensive chore can devour as much as 20 hours per week …”

This labor-intensive chore can devour as much as 20 hours per week—hours that could otherwise be dedicated to pursuing employment or education.

Enter a transformative initiative poised to make waves in the landscape of social impact. The Whirlpool Foundation and The Washing Machine Project have united in a noble endeavor to reclaim precious time and elevate livelihoods.

Their vision? To positively influence the lives of 150,000 individuals across the globe over the next five years by introducing a revolutionary invention: the world’s inaugural flat-packable manual washing machine.

“… a pathway to empowerment and opportunity.”

This innovative approach promises to revolutionize daily routines in underserved communities, offering not just a device, but a pathway to empowerment and opportunity.

Learn more at

Photo credit: The Washing Machine Project.

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