EarthEnable – Low Cost Flooring Solutions in Rwanda

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Parents living in homes with clean floors are happier and less anxious because their children can live healthier lives.

We are contributing to health in Rwanda, Uganda, and across the world by innovating affordable, healthy floors.

Replacing a dirt floor with a clean one has shown to reduce diarrheal disease by 49%,parasitic infections by 78%, and anemia by 81% Families in developing countries house animals in their house or directly outside. As a result, dirt floors are often contaminated with animal feces and can spread parasite infestations to families. Children living, eating, sleeping, and playing on dirt floors are at high risk to ingest this dirt, rub the dirt in their eyes, and contract bacteria. More than 1.8 million people are killed by diarrhea alone each year. Amongst its many deleterious effects, Anemia slows cognitive development. As a result, a clean floor has also shown to result in a 36-96% improvement in cognitive development.

The increased dust that hangs in the air in a home with a dirt floor can put rural families at greater risk of pneumonia, bronchitis, COVID-19, and other respiratory diseases. In homes with dirt floors, family members are constantly kicking up dust, sleeping near dust heavy dirt floors, and living in an environment that confines dust. All this dust in the air is damaging the lungs and carries dangerous respiratory diseases.

Studies conducted across the developing world have linked dirt floors to E.coli, papular urticaria, tungiasis.

The PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal published a study that found providing clean floors is more effective than any other WASH intervention in preventing parasitic infections.

Having earthen floors in the homes creates a hard and impermeable barrier between the bacteria and bugs that are present in the dirt floor. It also eliminates harmful human pathogens from the home environment, providing a healthy living conditions. 

Replacing a dirt floor with a clean one results in an 81% reduction in anemia. Amongst its many deleterious effects, Anemia slows cognitive development. As a result, a clean floor has also shown to result in a 36-96% improvement in cognitive development.