Demonstration mini-course of Malawi Cart building techniques to six local
carpenters at Chitedze’s Carpentry Workshop.
Mr. Chika Mughogho fabricating body swivel-catch at the Chitedze
Graduation photograph of the Malawi Handcart Project’s training workshop
in June 2002 at the “Saw Mill and Joinery Workshop” of Chitedze
Agricultural Research Station. Arnold
Wendroff and Chika Mughogho on the left, and Joto Kasambala and Patrick
Chisi on the right. Carpenter
cart-building students hold their Certificates of Attendance.
Distributing kits of Malawi Cart Components to six Chitedze area
carpenters in June 2002. Master
carpenter instructor Patrick Chisi and his assistant Joto Kasambala on
left, and Chika Mughogho on right. We
obtained some small discounts by purchasing components in bulk, and saved
even more by comparison shopping in Lilongwe’s Old Town.
A somewhat atypical (more comprehensive than most), rural carpenter’s
tool kit. Visible are
crosscut and hack-saws, jack, smoothing and combination planes,
spoke-shave, brace and bits, hammer, square, file, pliers, screwdriver,
chisel and oilstone.
Rural carpenter’s workbench. In
comparison to welded steel bicycle-wheel handcarts, only minimal capital
equipment is required to build the wood-frame Malawi Cart design.
Mr. Peter Mugontha, a carpenter and smallholder farmer, at the National
Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) annual general meeting
at the Natural Resources College, just west of Lilongwe. Mr. Mugontha took
measurements of the prototype Malawi Cart, and on returning to his home in
Champhira, he built a cart for his own use and later obtained a contract
to build ten more Malawi Cartsvfor NASFAM.
Mr. Mugontha (in background) with the Malawi Cart he built.
He also built and upholstered the sofa on the left.
World Environment Day exhibition at Ngwenya Primary School, Lilongwe.
Mr. Chika Mughogho (left) of the Malawi Handcart Project and Mr.
Gibbs Mwangolera (in suit and rubber gloves) of the Lilongwe City
Assembly’s (LCA) Department of Environmental Sanitation, demonstrate the
Malawi Cart’s applicability to municipal rubbish collection at the
Department’s exhibit. There
are currently six Malawi Carts undergoing trials with the LCA.
Officials of the Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education And
Training Authority (TEVETA)
comparing a wheelbarrow to the Malawi Cart.
They found, to their surprise, that the Malawi Cart was much easier
to use than the wheelbarrow, and promised to incorporate the building of
the Malawi Cart design into the technical college carpentry syllabus.
Mr. Chinduti Chirwa, a journalist attached to Malawi’s Office of the
President and Cabinet, inspecting the two partially-built Malawi Carts he
ordered from the Chitedze Agricultural Research Station’s carpentry
shop. Two years before, in
2000, Mr. Chirwa was the first journalist to report on the development of
then “Livingstonia Cart” in The Nation.