MALAWI CART 2002 PHOTO UPDATE

20. Chika Mughogho supervising the testing the prototype Mark II-b Malawi Cart by both women and children at Chitedze Agricultural Research Station.  They found the Malawi Cart to be a vast improvement over headloading as well as over the wheelbarrow, as no lifting or balancing was required.

21. An itinerant vendor hawking his wares at Chitedze Agricultural Research Station using the earlier Mark II-a version of the Malawi Cart.  There is an enormous potential market for small entrepreneurs such as this man, who are otherwise forced to carry their necessarily limited stock in their arms or on their heads.

 
22. The Malawi Cart being tested for use as an ambulance at Chitedze Rural Hospital.  A cart was later donated to the Hospital for assessment.
23. Testing the prototype Mark II-b Malawi Cart as a bicycle trailer, at Chitedze Agricultural Research Station.  The handle’s crossbar was simply tied to the bicycle’s carrier with a band of truck tire rubber.
24. Malawi Cart being tested as a village bicycle trailer ambulance.  Mr. Joto Kasambala is the ‘patient.’
25. A welded steel handcart / bicycle trailer built in Kenya.  The cost of this trailer is many times that of the ($40) Malawi Cart, and it is far less ergonomically efficient as it has wheels with plain bearings and solid rubber tires.  Its welded steel construction renders it difficult to be built or readily repaired by rural artisans.  For these reasons, the uptake of these carts has been extremely limited. (Photo: Morris Keyonzo)
 

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