GiraDora: Affordable Human-Powered Washer/Spin-Dryer

Art Center College of Design, 2012 - $19,500

GiraDora, a human-powered washer and spin dryer, increases the efficiency and improves the experience of hand-washing clothes for women living without access to running water. The user sits on the drum-like appliance and pumps the pedal with her foot, which agitates, cleans, rinses, then spin-dries clothes. GiraDora saves significant time: from one hour of hand washing a load of laundry down to 3-5 minutes. Estimated to cost $40, GiraDora increases productivity, improves health, instills dignity, and affords opportunities to begin breaking the poverty cycle.