Hello World! Meet the Pepper Eater:
While visiting a local market in Ziway, Ethiopia, we had the opportunity to meet groups of women who work as red pepper processors. Their story has inspired us to develop a tool that aims to improve the lives of women in rural Ethiopia by both increasing their income potential and decreasing the health effects of processing peppers. Enterprising women in rural Ethiopia who process peppers by hand need more efficient and safer tools because current methods are labor-intensive and hazardous to health. Our product provides three primary benefits. First, it has the potential to increase income generation for these women. Second, our device will make the process safer and more comfortable for our user. Finally, we believe that our product will empower women to become rising entrepreneurs in a male-dominated society.
The Pepper Eater is a hand-powered spice grinder developed as part of Design for Extreme Affordability at Stanford’s d.school. Our team is Megan Kerins, Samuel Hamner, Scott Sadlon, and Siobhan Nolan.
Over the next few months, we will be using this blog to share our journey in implementing production of the Pepper Eater in Ethiopia.