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The Wello WaterWheel

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A simple yet innovative product makes accessing clean water more sustainable.

A new social venture, the Wello WaterWheel, is striving to improve the livelihood of women in developing countries by helping them provide clean water for their families while saving valuable time. The wheel is a replacement for the traditional matka, a jug many women in India carry at least a half a mile several times a day in order to collect enough water for their families’ daily needs.  

The Wello WaterWheel allows a woman to make one trip, freeing up an average of two hours a day and eliminating the need for their children to stay home from school to help them with the task. Over the past year the wheel has been introduced in several provinces of India with great success:

Image courtesy Wello WaterWheel