It’s a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand. It was developed after a 10-day field trip to Cerro Verde, an urban slum in Lima Peru. After inquiring the community about their water needs the GiraDora team established that clothe washing was one of the most burdensome activities for the community. By using a washboard and scrubbing each article individually, washing could take upwards of five hours. With GiraDora, the women are able to complete a load in a fraction of the time by agitating them simultaneously in a system more akin to a conventional washing machine. GiraDora is more efficient and saves the user time because it washes clothes by the load versus individual articles. If marketed, Giradora can become the most affordable device to wash clothes for low-income families.
GiraDora has multiple health benefits: reduces incidence of wrist injury; because GiraDora acts like a centrifuge, removing the majority of moisture from clothing, it drastically reduces drying times on a clothesline, hampering mold growth; the self-contained unit eliminates the need to constantly submerge ones hands in cold water, which causes skin conditions and much discomfort in winter. The self-contained unit also allows women to wash clothes indoors in their home in cold or rainy weather.
GiraDora costs $40 and more than doubles productivity, increases health of women and children, and affords the opportunity to begin breaking the poverty cycle. The only competitor that GiraDora has is electrically powered which is inexistent or defficient in low-income communities While providing a more comfortable, ergonomic, and efficient way to clean clothes, GiraDora also affords opportunities to generate income.
Solange Madriz, Global Health Masters Student at University of California, San Francisco