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 Archimedes Project is a not-for-profit organization that believes the most intractable problems in water and sanitation can be solved using market-driven approaches.
 

Accomplishments

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.

In four years, we have worked in eight countries. Completed four research projects, four ideation projects and developed and launched one enterprise. Through this we have worked with hundreds of partners.

Projects

In four years, we have worked in eight countries.

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Rwanda

Stage:
Research
Year:
2018
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Kenya

Stage:
Research
Year:
2018
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Public Toilet Facility in Koshe Neighborhood, Addis Ababa attempting to change public perception
Project:

Ethiopia

Stage:
Research
Year:
2017

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.

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Project:

Ghana

Stage:
Research
Year:
2017

In Accra, Patricia Addo-Dombo met with sanitation project leaders to learn about their challenges with implementation and sustainability, and spoke to residents to better understand their attitudes toward household, hospital based and public sanitation facilities.

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Cooper Union Myanmar Ideation Lab
Project:

Myanmar

Stage:
Ideate
Year:
2017

Students and faculty at Cooper Union in New York City collaborated to hold the first one-day Ideation Workshop to focus on problem definition and begin to examine solutions to the sanitation crisis in Myanmar.

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Local priest blesses the water cantaro before a ceremony in Dolores, Honduras.
Project:

Honduras

Stage:
Research
Year:
2016

Based in her hometown of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jennifer set out to ask as many questions as possible to the organizations involved in drinking water access in Honduras. organizations. She found a complex system in which peri-urban and difficult to reach rural areas fell through the cracks, and even urban areas lacked consistent access.

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Nepal

Stage:
Ideate
Year:
2016

Columbia University students organized the second student-run Ideation Lab to bring together students and young professionals from across all sectors and schools to identify solutions to the sanitation crisis in Nepal.

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Tufts Ideation Lab Student Organizer, Jordan Klein
Project:

Tamil Nadu, India

Stage:
Ideate
Year:
2015

Tufts University students organized a three-day event, inspired by the Archimedes Project's Ideation Lab model, that brought together students from each of the universities' colleges and programs to design a scalable social enterprise to increase access to sanitation in Tamil Nadu, India.

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Iynna with potential customers in Douala, Cameroon.
Project:

Cameroon

Stage:
Research
Year:
2015

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.

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Kouzin Dlo co-Founder Jessica Laporte leading the first community training.
Project:

Kouzin Dlo, Haiti

Stage:
Launch
Year:
2014

Jessica Laporte and the launch team landed in Port au Prince on June 14, 2014 to begin testing the Kouzin Dlo business model on the ground.

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Original Community Chlorinators Business Model
Project:

Kouzin Dlo, Haiti

Stage:
Develop
Year:
2014

In January 2014, Jessica Laporte began work with the Archimedes Project, to develop the Community Chlorinators idea for launch. Over the next six months, they worked with local implementation partners, worked out the business, financial and operation models and brought on a launch team to support the testing of the business model in Port au Prince.

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Project:

Haiti

Stage:
Ideate
Year:
2013

The Community Chlorinators business concept, which was later developed into Kouzin Dlo, was designed during a three-day event at the newly opened Impact Hub Boston. 

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Projects Timeline

Discover where we have worked and what we have done.

2013 Projects:
Ideate
Haiti
2013
2014
2014 Projects:
Develop
Kouzin Dlo, Haiti
Launch
Kouzin Dlo, Haiti
2015
2015 Projects:
Research
Cameroon
Ideate
Tamil Nadu, India
2016
2016 Projects:
Ideate
Nepal
Research
Honduras
2017
2017 Projects:
Ideate
Myanmar
Research
Ghana
Research
Ethiopia
2018
2018 Projects:
Research
Kenya
Research
Rwanda