2011  Finalist



South Africa

Five billion people globally do not have access to a washing machine. Women in emerging markets spend hours every week washing clothes by hand – time which could be spent generating income, growing food or caring for children. iziWasha is a low-cost, IP-protected, manual laundry device which improves the lives of women in low-income communities and saves water. It uses 20 percent less water than a traditional hand wash, 40 percent less a machine and no electricity. iziWasha will be sold globally at an average price of $10 through female micro entrepreneurs and retailers. Over 2,000 units have already been sold in South Africa and distributors from India have expressed interest. iziWasha has been endorsed by the United Nations and is being featured by Reuters and other media. iziWasha is the first in the iziLife suite of sustainable solutions for women in emerging markets