Divya, the washing machine made for humanitarian purposes

Technology revolutionizes the world, for better or for worse. Certainly, it gives its best when it is placed at the service of the most needy. An example is the idea created by The Washing Machine Project Foundation, a project developed to support the development and distribution of a washing machine for humanitarian purposes. 70% of the world population does not have access to an electric washing machine: washing clothes by hand, in many cases, means taking time away from school education: this repetitive task can take up to 20 hours a week and often also leads to chronic pain. back and joints.

A state-of-the-art washing machine

It is from this awareness that The Washing Machine Project Foundation was born in 2018. Its founder, the British engineer Nav Sawhney, made the washing machine Divya: This is a state-of-the-art engineering solution, a low-cost, water-saving product that aims to provide displaced people with an alternative to washing clothes by hand. It does not require electricity and is operated with a manual crank: it is the only machine of this type to have been developed for humanitarian purposes. It is a sustainable product in all respects: Divya it is designed to be made with reusable and readily available components. Thanks to its use, the time spent washing clothes is reduced by 75%, while water consumption is halved compared to that required for hand washing.

A winning partnership

Now the project is further strengthened, thanks to the three-year partnership signed with Electrocomponents, a global group of omni-channel solutions for industrial customers and suppliers, of which RS Components is a part. A support that also includes the involvement of employees, customers and suppliers of the group for fundraising and voluntary activities. “Electrocomponents shares the values ​​that guide The Washing Machine Projects – explains Lindsley Ruth, CEO of Electrocomponents – our group intends to contribute to a more sustainable world through education and innovative solutions capable of improving people’s lives”. How many people? The goal is ambitious: by 2023, the plan foresees at least 7,500 cars for families and disadvantaged communities in 10 countries around the world, providing assistance to a total of about 100 thousand people.