GiraDora - the pedal-powered washing machine (Photo: Alex Cabunoc)
GiraDora is designed for portability (Photo: Alex Cabunoc)
The machine is operated by a foot pedal (Photo: Alex Cabunoc)
GIraDora costs US$40 to build (Photo: Alex Cabunoc)
Interior of GiraDora (Photo: Alex Cabunoc)
Details of GiraDora design and benefits (Image: Alex Cabunoc)
In the developed world, we forget that there was once a time when washday meant “day” rather than “toss it in the machine and come back in 20 minutes.” In many parts of the world without access to electricity and clean water, that time is still now. Design students Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles visited the the slums of Cerro Verde, Peru. There they saw women spending days on end hauling water and washing clothes by hand and they came up with a solution. They created the GiraDora, a foot-pedal washing machine that’s inexpensive and portable.
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