The Small Business Sessions podcast: The entrepreneur transforming lives with washing machines

The Small Business Sessions podcast: The entrepreneur transforming lives with washing machines
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 6th Dec 2023

It's time for episode nine in season six of the Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by the business.connected online training programme.

Episode nine: Navjot Sawhney, founder, The Washing Machine Project

Joining freelance journalist Dan Martin is social entrepreneur Navjot Sawhney, founder of The Washing Machine Project.

Navjot is a former Dyson engineer, and he was volunteering in India when he noticed the burden placed on women by unpaid domestic work. This inspired him to design the Divya, a crank-handle manual washing machine that is off-grid, fully sustainable and saves both water and time.

Through the Washing Machine Project, tens of thousands of people have been impacted worldwide, women have been empowered and hundreds of washing machines have been distributed to villages, refugee camps, schools and orphanages.

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On this week's Small Business Sessions podcast

During the show, Navjot shares brilliant advice and insights from his business growth story.

  • The story of why and how he launched The Washing Machine Project.

  • How he researched and created the product.

  • How he has achieved hundreds of press mentions without spending a penny on PR.

  • The impact that the project has achieved.

  • How the Washing Machine Project has been funded.

  • How he uses social media and digital marketing to reach donors.

  • The biggest challenges and how he has overcome them.

  • His advice for founders wanting to use their entrepreneurial activities for a social mission.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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