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Taking on poverty with vital tech breakthroughs

Inventors are up for the task of tackling problems along the path to the source of poverty.

Poverty includes more than simply having insufficient access to money; it also includes having no access to essential services like healthcare and education. Additionally, it can result in societal instability, which promotes racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. Additionally, new technologies and other solutions are developed daily with the poorest people in the world in mind.

Here are 8 brilliant inventions that are reducing poverty-related disparities for emerging nations worldwide.

1. The Shoe That Grows

Parents frequently replace hardly used goods with larger sizes because children are infamous for swiftly outgrowing clothes and shoes. Growth spurts are particularly difficult in impoverished countries since there is no money to replace worn-out or outgrown goods.

Children may grow five sizes in The Shoe That Grows, a straightforward shoe with a number of notches and snaps that allows for years of usage. Between the ages of 5 and 9, the shoe typically fits a child’s foot, reducing the risk of parasite and disease transmission via the soil as well as foot injuries. The Shoe That Grows, an initiative of the organisation Because International, sends donated shoes to families and children in disadvantaged nations all over the world.

2. Life Saving Dot

In rural India, thousands of women are estimated to have iodine deficiency, which has been linked to breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, and pregnancy complications. But the Life Saving Dot, an iodine-rich variation on a traditional bindi, is helping provide women with the vital mineral.

The dot, which is worn between a woman’s eyebrows just like a bindi, delivers a wearer with the recommended daily amount of iodine. The Life Saving Dot only costs 10 rupees — or 12 cents — for a packet of 30, fitting the budgets of women in rural India.

3. Safari Seat

Wheelchairs are essential devices for many people, but in rural, developing areas with rough terrain and few roads, traditional wheelchairs aren’t always practical — or even usable.

A low-cost, all-terrain wheelchair called the SafariSeat is made to be produced and maintained in underdeveloped nations, resulting in a self-sustaining good. The invention is constructed from bicycle components, and it is moved forward by hand levers and sturdy wheels. As of 2023, about 250 SafariSeats have been sold, and the company that made them, The Accessibility Institute, is working on developing a cart that can be used with them.

4. Mazzi

Milk is a crucial source of revenue and nourishment for low-income people in developing countries. However, using conventional open milk jugs to transport milk in a safe and convenient manner increases the danger of contamination and spillage.

These problems are resolved by Mazzi, a sturdy, 10-liter plastic container with a wide opening for collection that offers a secure and cost-effective solution to collect and carry milk. With a funnel attachment that was specifically created to assist prevent spilling, the container is also simple to clean.

5. NIFTY Cup

An newborn in a developing nation who is unable to breastfeed runs the danger of suffering severe malnutrition or possibly dying away. This problem is being resolved in rural Africa via NIFTY cup.

The NIFTY cup, which took five years to develop, has a spout that makes it simple for babies with cleft palates or other conditions that interfere with effective latching to sip collected milk. Infants in underdeveloped African villages have already been saved from malnutrition because to the reusable, inexpensive cup.

6. Eco-Cooler

Huts in developing nations without electricity may become intolerably hot due to rising temperatures. By bringing cold air into houses, Eco-Cooler, a low-cost cooling device made from recycled plastic bottles, aids in the problem’s solution.

Plastic bottles are cut in half and placed on a board that is then inserted like a window to create the cooler. Each bottle’s neck cools the heated air while it is in position, lowering the temperature inside a hut by as much as forty degrees Fahrenheit.

Bangladesh’s rural areas have adopted the ecologically beneficial option.

7. Life Straw

28 percent of the world’s population, or around 2.2 billion people, lack access to sources of safe drinking water. The consumption of tainted water can cause serious sickness and illness. According to estimates, a kid passes away from a water-related illness every two minutes.

LifeStraw makes it safer to drink tainted water, which can be a game-changer in underdeveloped areas with limited access to clean water. The straw-like gadget purifies water using a straightforward filtering system made of fabric that has been particularly crafted for the purpose.

The business gives bigger filtration systems to underprivileged areas worldwide for communal usage in addition to donating straws to communities in need for individual use.

8. Wonderbag

Many impoverished households in rural regions struggle daily to prepare food properly given their limited resources. Long-term use of stoves or open flames without sufficient ventilation might result in illness or even death. Inhaling domestic smoke during food preparation is a factor in 3.2 million fatalities worldwide each year.

The Wonderbag is a reusable, non-electric slow cooker that significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to cook meals on a stove or over an open flame. Using conventional techniques, you may bring ingredients to a boil, then put the saucepan in a Wonderbag to continue cooking for up to 12 hours.

In order to assist families in reducing cooking times in favour of a more sustainable way, the business is donating the innovation to areas in Africa as well as to persons impacted by the war in Ukraine.

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