Farmers in rural areas of eastern Africa frequently have little means other than their heads or their arms to carry heavy loads such as water, firewood, food, or agricultural produce to their homes or market. Daily chores such as fetching water frequently fall to women and children and can occupy a large part of their day. Handcarts and wheel barrows are available locally but are often too expensive for subsistence farmers to afford. Mobility, in general, is a challenging issue throughout the developing world where rugged terrain (often no more than footpaths) and long distances make transporting goods difficult.
A low-cost, durable handcart could have a huge impact on the lives of people who have, up until now, never owned a wheel much less a cart. Catapult is working on the design of a steel-framed handcart to be fabricated in China, shipped flat, and assembled by the end user – minimizing cost throughout the process so that the lowest cost, quality cart is available to those who need it most.
Client: Anza Cart, Tanzania
Anza Technologies produces high quality, income-generating products to African farmers in a sustainable and scalable manner to enable millions of families to move themselves out of poverty.
Follow the latest handcart developments on our blog.
Check out our photos and recent field-testing in Tanzania.
Photos: January 2011, Field Testing Handcarts in Matala, Tanzania