How ‘Hippo Roller’ eased a burden and became a phenomenon
25 years later, we still haven’t made any money!Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
One of our major target markets is the CSI sector… Many people around South Africa has Day Zero every day.Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
Yes, we are [interested in commercialising the Hippo Roller].Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
The Hippo Roller was conceptualised in 1991 by South Africans Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker.
They grew up on farms and saw people carrying heavy buckets of water on their heads for kilometres every day.
Jonker noticed that workers on his father’s farm collected empty 20-litre plastic containers to use to fetch water.
These containers are typically of poor quality and not very durable.
He thought there had to be a better way.
As co-inventor Petzer describes it, the original idea was based on a wheelbarrow including a moulded tank for a low centre of gravity.
In trying to get their concept going, one of the first problems they encountered was the price of the wheel itself.
So, they put the water inside the “wheel”!
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
We’ve exported to 45 countries.Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
We’re not in retail, although Cape Town is changing that picture.Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
We don’t own any of our manufacturing facilities… We plan to manufacture in other countries…Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
The Hippo Roller is such a simple technology; that’s the beauty of it!Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
It’s $125 for the 90 litre… some last more than 10 years…Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
Hippo Rollers help people irrigate more efficiently.Grant Gibbs, Hippo Water Roller Project
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