What We Do
Clean Hands Initiative aims to make the street market experience cleaner, safer, and more hygienic for both the workers and the customers. We work closely with local communities and partners to install foot pedal-operated handwash stations in wholesale markets, mandis and street vending zones.
Our model comprises an easily refillable water tank mounted on a specially designed stand with sprinkler taps and liquid soap dispensers. The taps and liquid soap dispensers are connected to foot pedals, reducing the risk of re-contaminating clean hands when turning off tap after use. Releasing the pedal stops the discharge of water or liquid soap. With the water-efficient sprinkler tap, a unit could be used for 500 handwashes per 500 litres of water without needing to be refilled.
Our sturdy, handsfree, water-efficient design provides an effective method for enhancing safety and sanitation. It is a scalable engineered solution due to simple manufacturing, installation and affordability. The local operator merely needs to periodically refill water and soap.
We also work with our partners and the local community to adapt the design of the handwash stations to their needs. This could include increasing the size of the water tank and liquid soap dispensers for busier locations, placing two sinks, adding anti-theft measures, and branding the units.
While we began our initiative keeping wholesale markets in mind, we soon realised that the need extends far beyond these. Our model can also be used outside hospitals, schools, gurudwaras and other places of worship, and slums.
Featured image credit: Alberto Rojas Jiménez, 2010