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
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
in their arms or on their heads.
The Malawi Cart being tested for use as an ambulance at Chitedze Rural
Hospital. A cart was later
donated to the Hospital for assessment.
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.
Malawi Cart being tested as a village bicycle trailer ambulance.
Mr. Joto Kasambala is the ‘patient.’
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)