South African Start-Up mo-Wash Provides Effortless Hand Washing on the Go
Godfrey Sono and Sibusiso Vilakazi have
successfully launched mo-Wash, their mobile hand washing units into the
market. This stand-alone, fully automatic portable unit requires no plumbing
or drainage, providing a cost-effective hygiene solution at functions such
as funerals, weddings and outdoor events.
The budding entrepreneurs saw a gap in the market, after noting that public
events are a huge part of South African culture. One such occasion is at
traditional funerals, where it is customary to wash hands after the
gravesite has been visited. The washing of hands is a very important part of
African culture, but can be quite unhygienic as often, many wash their hands
in that one basin. In other instances, there are many outdoor events that
have mobile ablution systems, but no adequate hygienic facilities for one to
wash his / her hands afterwards.
It is no surprise that regular handwashing can help prevent illness and is
one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the
spread of germs to others. Statistics show that up to 80% of communicable
diseases are transferred by touch and proper handwashing can reduce
diarrhoea rates by 40% and respiratory infections by close to 20%.
mo-Wash is a mobile hand-washer unit that provides event organisers with a
cost-effective solution to the challenge of maintaining hygiene at outdoor
functions and events. The Mo-Wash has a hands-free water delivery system
with a timer that controls water flow, a solar panel to power the water
station, plus a battery option, and even Wi-Fi. The Mo-Wash unit delivers a
powerful 10-second wash, but the owner can adjust the settings according to
his or her needs.
“mo-Wash is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of
handwashing rituals and the role they play in preventing the spread of
diseases. In our mission to do this, we visit schools across South Africa to
instil the importance of learning how to clean one’s hands properly from an
early age, we show them water-saving techniques, as well as the impact that
handwashing has on the communities around them,” says Godfrey Sono.
Frost & Sullivan, a business-consulting firm involved in market research and
analysis, has also given the mo-Wash unit their stamp of approval, awarding
the start-up with the 2018 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award.
“mo-Wash provides a creative solution to prevent transferable diseases by
using off-the-grid power to dispense water and soap for those that require
access to sanitation facilities at private or public gatherings, while also
promoting water conservation.”
mo-Wash units are available to rent to event organisers needing hygienic
mobile hand washers for weddings, funerals, sports events, corporate events,
public events and under privileged schools
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