AfriCart – a handcart for Africa

ED302 – design & technology

03.0 Design Brief – Defining the parameters of the solution


Problem: Design and make a domestic transport solution suitable for women and children. It must be suitable for use in rural areas.


  • Light
  • Strong
  • Load capacity: approx. 100-150kg (5-7 x normal carrying capacity)
  • Mobile
  • Relatively cheap to produce
  • Easy to construct
  • Easy to repair (complete knock down)
  • Made using natural and recycled materials
  • Utilising 26 – 29” bicycle wheels (front & rear)
  • Made and repaired using basic hand tools

I would also like to produce than handcart without the reliance on any metal fastenings other than the bicycle spindle retaining nuts which would naturally come with the bicycle wheels anyway. This is because these fastenings are hard to find in any quantity and quality in the bush. Designing a solution that is not reliant on these parts allows for a greater degree of dissemination and possible uptake.


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February 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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