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 simple 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 four years, we have worked in eight countries. Here are a few examples.
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.
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.
Discover where we have worked and what we have done.