22-year-old Ludwick Marishane developed a water-less shower gel kills bacteria and leaves skin moisturized and freshly smelling. It costs only $0.50 per packet for rural communities and $1.50 for corporate use. One packet is said to be enough to wash your whole body and kill 99.9 % of germs.
Marishane’s technology could help reduce the disease rate in rural regions suffering from poor hygiene due to lack of water. The student also hopes his invention could be used in airlines, hotels and even by militaries.
As developing countries are struggling to find enough sources of drinkable water, Marishane’s development can at least help with bathing.
An interesting part of the story is the fact that Marishane didn’t use a computer to bring the product to market. He did the research, the business plan and the patented blend of chemical compounds development all on his feature phone.