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
||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.