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Think Bigger.


How would you Solve the World's Biggest Problem?

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Think Bigger.


How would you Solve the World's Biggest Problem?

1 Billion

people without clean water.

1 Million

children die from diarrhea.

2.5 Billion

people without sanitation.

 

Clean Water is a 19th Century Problem.

 

The technology, expertise and ideas exist to solve it. The Archimedes Project incubates revenue generating enterprises that leverage existing technology, cross-sector collaboration, local partnerships and a relentless focus on scale and financial viability. Join Us.


 

One man can move the world given a strong enough lever and a firm point on which to place it. - Archimedes

 
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Design


Technology + Ideas + Expertise

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Design


Technology + Ideas + Expertise

The Archimedes Project believes that world has the technologyideas and expertise necessary to get water and sanitation to the bottom billion and that these resources must be used as leverage to solve this problem.

We are committed to bringing together groups of dreamers, thinkers, makers and doers from across sectors to design and launch large scale and financially sustainable clean water social enterprises. We are committed to launching, iterating those ideas on the ground and scaling what works.

Join us as we launch our first enterprise: Community Chlorinators in Haiti.

 

Ideation Labs

An Injection of New Ideas

In November 2013, we brought together 65 professionals, students, experts and judges to design a social enterprise to end cholera in Haiti. We gathered at the newly opened ImpactHub Boston and spent the weekend working intensely to design a practical, scalable business model.

 

Selected Plan

At the end of the weekend, we had five promising ideas. One was selected to be refined and implemented, called "Community Chlorinators." This program will train local community members to become entrepreneurs who educate their neighbors and friends about the value of chlorine to purify water and offer the product for sale.

These entrepreneurs will earn income while they play an active role in fighting cholera and other water-borne diseases by providing chlorine, an affordable and easy to use product, to households within their communities.

 
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Launch


July 2014, we launch Community Chlorinators in Haiti.

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Launch


July 2014, we launch Community Chlorinators in Haiti.

 
 

Building a network of clean water entrepreneurs

Community Chlorinators, nicknamed Kouzin Dlo, is building a network of micro-entrepreneurs who provide a vital service to their communities while generating income.

In collaboration with community-based partners, we will recruit and train these entrepreneurs. We will then introduce the community to the program through festival-like activities with music, water testing and, of course, chlorinated water!

The entrepreneurs are in the best position to understand their neighbors. They know who has a newborn, and whose toddler was sick last week. They can relate the importance of chlorine on a personal basis.

Households are offered low-cost, easy to use chlorine for purchase. The entrepreneur visits the family three to five times in the coming weeks to check-in, ensure proper use of the product and answer any questions. The entrepreneurs also provide follow up visits to ensure correct chlorine use and to provide chlorine for sale.

This is not your average water project. This is a nationwide water business. We will build hubs in communities across the country. Each hub will train new entrepreneurs, provide them with chlorine to sell and send them back to their communities.

We are changing the game.

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Scale


Towards a decentralized network of clean water entrepreneurs in Haiti.

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Scale


Towards a decentralized network of clean water entrepreneurs in Haiti.

Female entrepreneurs in Haiti

Iterate and Scale

We believe in moving fast to test our plans: keeping the ideas that work and changing the ones that don't. Monitoring and evaluation is an essential part of the Archimedes Project and we have researchers integrated into our rollout. Following assessment of our initial rollout, we will be making the necessary adjustments to the business model and expanding into multiple communities.


Community

We are looking for high density urban or peri-urban areas that are lacking affordable and reliable clean drinking water.

Strong Partnerships

Community partnerships are essential in helping to identify potential entrepreneurs and connect to the community.

 
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For Neighbors, By Neighbors.


Support the launch of Community Chlorinators.

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For Neighbors, By Neighbors.


Support the launch of Community Chlorinators.

Support Clean Water Jobs in Haiti!

We are excited to announce that on June 16, Community Chlorinators, called Kouzin Dlo in Haitian Creole, launched in Haiti. Community Chlorinators will work with local community based organizations to build a network of micro-entrepreneurs who will provide a vital service to their communities while generating income.

Over the last five months, Archimedes Project founder Faith has worked closely with Community Chlorinators co-founder Jessica Laporte to refine the business plan, connect with partners, funders and supporters and raise vital startup capital.

Now we are helping Community Chlorinators close the last of the funding gap to support to launch of this innovative enterprise.

Join us is seeding Community Chlorinators!

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Training

Hub Staff Training

A five-day hub staff training program that will not only train the leadership of the community hub- which is the center of the enterprise- but also engage them in refining the enterprise to be responsive to their community.

Entrepreneur Training

The hub staff will assist with the training of the entrepreneurs in health and entrepreneurship. Partner Deep Springs International will share their extensive experience in water testing and treatment.

 

Measuring Impact

The Community Chlorinators' evaluation program is a rigorous plan designed in collaboration with researchers at Tufts University with experience in evaluating impact. They will be measuring, among other things, increases in properly chlorinated water and decrease in diarrhea rates, especially in children under the age of five.

 

Location Partners

What’s great about their work is not simply the solution for clean water, but the critical educational and entrepreneurship components. At Team Tassy, we believe that the cure for poverty is good, dignified jobs. By partnering with Community Chlorinators, we can bring clean water to our community along with a much needed dignified income generation opportunity for our families in Menelas.
— Vivien Luk, Executive Director, Team Tassy
 
 
 
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