Country: RwandaFocus: Production ProcessPartner: EarthEnablePost-Extreme Lab: Social E LabStatus: Handed to PartnerYear: 2017

The Tamping Queen


Partner: EarthEnable

The Tamping Queen is a foot-powered compacting tool designed to allow the 9.3 million Rwandans still living on dirt floors to create a healthier, more dignified living space in their homes. Research has shown that installing a cleanable floor in the home reduces diarrhea by 49% and parasitic infections by 78%. However, the cheapest available floors still are financially inaccessible for many Rwandans because the skilled labor required for the compacting process drives up the installation price and serves as a DIY deterrent. The Tamping Queen makes it easier to compact the floor, empowering homeowners who otherwise could not afford a floor to install their own floor and make their home a cleaner, healthier place to live sustainably.