The Washing Machine Project

Students washing machine innovation promises to transform refugee camps.

A team of UK-based engineers and social entrepreneurs partnered with the Iraq Response Innovation Lab to pilot 50 ergonomic, portable, manual washing machines for families in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in Federal Iraq.

The 50 washing machines are currently in the Oxfam offices in Erbil, Iraq, where staff are being trained on how to use the machines, ready to disseminate across refugee camps in Mosul this week.

Designed and manufactured in the UK by The Washing Machine Project the washing machines named ‘Divya’ aim to change the lives of people living in refugee camps.

Research conducted in March 2019 based on interviews with 79 Yazidi families found that only 40% of IDPs across four camps (Chameskyu, Esyan, Shekhan, and Kanke) had access to an electric washing machine.

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