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          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.

                                                         This stand-alone, fully automatic portable
                                                          unit requires no plumbing or drainage,
            Mo-wash mobile handwash                     providing a cost-effective hygiene solution

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