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Navjot Sawhney

Navjot Sawhney is crowdfunding

raised of £10,000 target by 170 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to help build and transport portable, water-saving, manual washing machines to the worlds most vulnerable people

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Millions of people around the world need an alternative to handwashing clothes to save time, reduce water waste and improve their quality of life. The worlds poorest don't have the money, electricity or mains water supply to use an electric washing machine.

At the Washing Machine Project, we believe that it doesn't have to be this way. We are on a mission to produce an innovative hand-powered washing machine.

Nav started this project while living in a rural village in India with limited access to water and electricity. He had a lovely next-door neighbour, Divya, who he became good friends with.

Whenever they spoke, she would be doing labour-intensive tasks, such as cooking, and washing dishes and clothes by hand. She would do this for the entire evening. It occurred to Nav that he could make a washing machine for Divya and help improve her life. When he told her about this idea, her eyes lit up. She loved it!

Your donations, along with support from Oxfam, allowed us to send 50 washing machines to women like Divya in Iraqi refugee camps in February. These washing machines are already making a meaningful difference to the lives of the people living in camps during this challenging time.

Now we need your help. We want to be able to send more washing machines to more families living in refugee camps and create change. Your donations will support us to refine the design of our washing machines for a second more extensive pilot program later this year, of approximately 200 machines.

Please donate if you can.

We are also excited to announce that we will be sending Washing Machine Project T-shirts to anyone who donates over £50 to our JustGiving page. Send us an email at with proof of purchase, and we will get your t-shirt to you asap.

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    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We are now 72% of the way to our £5,000 target with only 2 months to go! Please share this with your friends and family so we can produce more washing machines for more people.

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  • Anonymous


    Aug 12, 2020


  • Louise Bungay-Azman

    Louise Bungay-Azman

    Aug 10, 2020



    Aug 9, 2020

  • Zaina


    Aug 9, 2020

    An incredible cause supporting the women and girls who need it most.


  • Eva


    Aug 6, 2020


  • Sophy


    Aug 6, 2020

    What a wonderful invention. Wearing clean cloths is so important for the wearers personal well being but so arduous to achieve. Well done.


  • Anonymous


    Jul 28, 2020

    Great idea that is practical, kind to the earth and has compassion as its source.


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Navjot Sawhney

Navjot Sawhney


We are a registered social enterprise (CIC) aiming to alleviate the burden of hand washing clothes for everyone, everywhere. Run by volunteers, we each bring unique skills - in engineering, data science and humanitarian action - to bear on the project.

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