b'SECTI TNEWSLA EST ONELECTROCOMPONENTSPARTNERS WITH THE WASHING MACHINEPROJECT Electrocomponents has chosenAt Electrocomponents we are The Washing Machine Projectcommitted to inspiring a more Foundation as its first globalsustainable world through charity partner, pledging toeducation and innovative support the project for threesolutions that improve lives, thats years. Support will extendwhy weve chosen the Washing to encouraging the GroupsMachine Project Foundation as employees, customers andour first global charity partner suppliers to contribute throughand will mobilise our people, fundraising and volunteeringcustomers and suppliers in activities. support of this fantastic cause.The Washing Machine ProjectLindsley Ruth, Electrocomponents CEO.was set up in 2018 by British engineer Nav Sawhney following a sabbatical in South India, whereThis experience led Nav toUsing the Divya reduces the time he witnessed women and childrendevelop a prototype for anspent handwashing clothes by 75% enduring many backbreakingaffordable off-grid manualand requires 50% less water. It can hours washing clothes by hand.crank washing machine, thehandle loads up to 5 kg, despite He discovered that 70% of theDivya. It is the only machineweighing just 12 kg.worlds population do not haveof its kind to be developed for access to an electric washinghumanitarian purposes andNav and his team at The Washing machine and for many washingrequires no electricity to operate.Machine Project are working to clothes in rivers, lakes and bucketsIt uses a flywheel mechanismfurther improve the design and is the only solution. Handwashingwith drum-in-drum technologyto broaden its humanitarian, clothes is recognised as beingand combines washing andsustainable and educational impact. a major barrier to education forspin-dry functionality. DesignedWith multiple modes of activation, low-income and displaced peopleto be made from reusable off- such as push, pull and foot, the around the world. This repetitive,the-shelf components and easilyDivya Two will be easier to use by demanding task, which can takemaintainable, it can be operatedpeople with disabilities. It has also upwards of 20 hours per week,and fixed anywhere, by anyone.been modified to be used while often also leads to chronic backseated, to reduce muscle and joint FooterMessageand joint pain. strain and promote better posture.8'