AfriCart – a handcart for Africa

ED302 – design & technology

“In Africa, 40 billion working hours are lost each year because people,mainly women, have to spend them fetching and carrying water.”

Anita Roddick

This is my electronic portfolio for ED302: A design-and-make activity in which students will explore opportunities of a genuine need in a real context and realise a solution using appropriate, knowledge and understanding.


  • Women and children (WAC)


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)


Transport moves people and goods; provides access to clinics, schools, markets, and financial opportunities. While motorised vehicles are more efficient, they are too costly for the poorest communities. Non-motorized modes of transportation, such as bicycles, tricycles, rickshaws, handcarts, and wheelbarrows, serve a critical role for the development of those living in peri-urban and remote rural locations. Due to cultural gender inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), women and children often do not have access to even the simplest of intermediate means of transport (IMT) that could:

    • Increase women and children’s quality of life.
    • Reduce chores that prevent children from attending school.
    • Increase women’s access to economic development. (An Indian Case Study)

    Proposed solution:

    • An appropriate intermediate means of transport (IMT).


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    February 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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