Series of photographs of prototype Malawi Cart

1. Carrying grain to the maize mill. The woman on the left, employing the handcart, can carry as much as ten of her friends employing head-loading. Women whose time is freed from carrying will engage in more productive activities.
2. Carrying grass for thatching roofs in a handcart. Bulky materials are readily carried, and when necessary, can be tied down by means of the rope-holes drilled in the sides of the cart body. Women's productivity is greatly enhanced by employing this form of appropriate transport.
3. Using handcart to carry water in a polythene drum. In this photo, taken at the Primary Health Care Unit of Livingstonia Hospital, the water is being    used to irrigate a small vegetable garden. The dearth of water for domestic hygiene is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Sahara Africa. The use of the handcart can greatly increase the amount of water available to a household. Irrigated gardens can enhance the nutritional intake of families, especially in the dry season.
4. Transporting bricks with the handcart. Note that the sliding gate has been removed for easy loading. It also facilitates the dumping of a load when desired. The cart enables one person to move over twenty bricks, as opposed to only two or three if they were to be carried by hand.
5. The handcart employed as an ambulance, carrying a sick man to hospital. The removable gate is used as a backrest. The patient and his belongings can be conveniently, comfortably and affordably carried long distances to the nearest health care facility.
 

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