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Combining Laundry and Literature

The concept was developed to enable poor families in South Africa to read to their children while waiting for the wash. The Libromat team hopes to expand the program and offer eight-week literacy courses for parents.

According to the team’s research, mothers and caregivers in South Africa can spend a whopping nine hours per week hand-washing dirty clothes…So they aimed to solve two problems at once and teach mothers effective ways to read books to their infants in the amount of time it takes to complete a wash and spin cycle. And with the money collected from the laundry, they could keep this up for load after load. (NPR)

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