Archimedes Project was launched in 2013 out of a frustration with the failures of the international development community to sustainably address access to clean water and sanitation in low-income households around the world.
The organization is founded on the belief that the clean water and sanitation crisis that billions are currently experience requires using existing technology, partnerships and dedicated entrepreneurs, not simply more application of the same tired ideas in global development.
Since the design and launch of our first enterprise, Kouzin Dlo, the Archimedes Project team has focused on developing and refining each step necessary for the enterprise development process. The Frontier Fellowship and Ideation Lab Programs allowed us to develop a clear understanding of what it took to empower aspiring entrepreneur to understand a particular market and to bring people together to design an enterprise to address the identified issues. Our next step as an organization is to launch an innovative new model as a startup studio that works with entrepreneurs as a co-founder to generate multiple ventures simultaneously.
In five years, we have worked in ten countries. Here are a few examples.
Phyllis Gichuhi, born in Nairobi, discovered her passion for nature and conservation early on, while growing up near Nairobi National Park. Phyllis spent her fellowship speaking with dozens of organisations across Nairobi working in drinking water, sanitation and entrepreneurship.
Fitse Gelaye investigated the sanitation landscape in Addis Ababa and found major challenges to sanitation access despite a growing interest in market-based solutions and a government commitment to universal sanitation access.
Iynna Halilou spent her fellowship in Douala, Cameroon focused on the severe lack of public sanitation infrastructure in the center of the thriving city and conducting initial market research for a public toilet enterprise.
Discover where we have worked and what we have done.