Hello again.

It’s been a while since our last update and so we'd like to reconnect. In recognition of this month's Global Handwashing Day, this email is all about the HappyTap.

In case you haven’t heard of the HappyTap, it’s the first purpose-built handwashing device of its kind in the world -- a bright green portable sink developed with input from mothers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to make handwashing convenient and fun.

Obviously we think the product is great, but it's the way it reaches consumers that is most exciting. Instead of giving the product away, we created HappyTap Co. as a social enterprise in Vietnam that produces and sells the device. Its growing network of distributors and retailers have already sold thousands at an affordable and sustainable price, with the goal of reinvesting profits to expand the business.

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Global Handwashing Day with P&G

HappyTap Copartnered with Procter & Gamble for Global Handwashing Day in southern Vietnam. Our team visited nine schools across Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta teaching kids how to wash with soap. We reached nearly 1,200 kids and their parents. Families received a free bar of Safeguard soap with every purchase.

See how it rolled out by searching #SafeAndHappyHands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you’re in Vietnam, check out VietnamPlus for the coverage.

Global Handwashing Day with Unilever

HappyTap was also at the center of a major Global Handwashing Day event in Hanoi thanks to Unilever and Lifebuoy soap.  More than 3,500 students, parents and representatives from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health joined to wash their hands using the HappyTap's 'luxurious' and low-flow spout.  Some devices even got dressed up in Lifebuoy red for the event.

Check out our photo album on facebook.

HappyTap, Taking On The World

In July we officially launched the HappyTap in Cambodia with tons of fanfare. The portable sink is a welcome addition to Cambodia's sanitation and hygiene market, where dirty hands lead to diarrhea and a whole host of dangerous infections.

                   

Hygiene in hospitals

We’re also testing how the HappyTap can help doctors and nurses maintain safe hygiene. According to the WHO, more than 35% of health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries lack water and soap for washing hands.

Clinics in Cambodia's rural communities are no different, so we’ve partnered with Emory University and GE Foundation to understand how the HappyTap can improve hygiene behaviour among medical staff and their patients in a hospital in Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia.

The HappyTap has set foot
(rather plastic stand)
in Bangladesh


We’ve hopped over to South Asia to explore the HappyTap’s market potential in Bangladesh. With the help of USAID's WASHplus project, we’ve already conducted focus groups and dozens of one-on-one interviews to see how we can adapt the HappyTap to the preferences of local consumers.  Judging by the initial excitement of kids, teachers and restaurant owners, this green plastic device will be a hit (and yes, that restaurant owner is hugging his new HappyTap). 

HappyTap Is Up for A Design Award

We're thrilled to announce the HappyTap is a top six finalist in the ICSID World Design Impact Prize. Our "funky" sink was one of 82 industrial designs nominated for the prize. The winners will be named in January. Wish us luck in the finals!

If you want to know more about the HappyTap or potential partnership opportunities, give us a shout: info@happytap.net


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