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Archimedes Project

The Archimedes Project is a not-for-profit organization that believes the most intractable problems in water and sanitation can be solved using market-driven approaches. Our goal is to end waterborne disease by supporting the design and launch of scalable and financially sustainable clean water and sanitation social enterprises around the world.

Recent Projects:

Ethiopia, East Africa

In 2017, Fitsum Gelaye spent 12-weeks as a Social entrepreneur fellow researching the sanitation market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During her fellowship, she was able to create an ecosystem map of organizations working in Addis as well as determine customer wants and needs.

Honduras, Central America

In 2016, Jennifer Vargas examined the drinking water market in Honduras to understand how government, non-profit and for-profit companies were meeting and failing to meet the needs of customers, especially in marginalized peri-urban and slum communities.

Haiti, Carribean

We launched Kouzin Dlo in July 2014 with entrepreneur Jessica Laporte. The initial idea, Community Chlorinators, was the result of a November 2013 Ideation Lab. Jessica and the Archimedes Project team worked closely to develop the idea into a launch plan. The 2014 launch employed human-centered design and design thinking to appropriately adjust the plan to the context.

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