Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Harnessing Africa's People & Animal Power

Many thanks to AfriGadget for promoting this.

The HAPV (Advertised as HAPPY) from Pretoria, South Africa-based Wheel & Water is a twist on the ‘horse and buggy’ mode of transportation. Assisted by MACHETE, a buggy is fitted with a solar panel that charges a 12 volt battery under the driver’s seat & the “HAPPY” becomes an independent, sustainable source of energy that powers cell phone connectivity, front and rear emergency lights and a small neon tube at night.

Add a water filtration system, and the “HAPPY” doubles as a multi functional mobile business unit, that can empower an entrepreneurial owner, to generate income from it as a fresh water outlet, a mobile phone kiosk or a spaza shop – even after dark.

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hash said...

Hi Alison, I'm sure you come across some great low-tech, ingenious solutions to problems in Kenya. If you see any good ones, we'd love to hear about them and put them up on AfriGadget.


AVIF Volunteers in Kenya said...

Thanks for the comment, "hash" .. your sites just great but will pass on anything we hear of.