D-Lab Development

Drip Irrigation Demonstration

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In January 2010, D-Lab students sourced 45 drip irrigation kits from International Development Enterprises (IDE) in Calcutta to use to demonstrate to local farmers as well as bring back to D-Lab for future fieldwork. This demonstration was set up on a small potato plot of an organic farmer in Gobardanga, West Bengal, India.
Gobardanga in West Bengal

Low-Cost Water Test Training Workshop

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The 2010 D-Lab Calcutta Team worked with NGO Aqua Welfare Society to train its fieldworkers in how to use a low-cost bacterial water testing kit for monitoring water provision and treatment programs in rural communities of West Bengal that are affected by arsenic contamination in groundwater.
Gobardanga in West Bengal

Scratch Programming

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D-Lab students introduced Scratch to a group of middle school students to teach them the basics of computer programming. Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/) uses shapes and colors to represent computer code, empowering those with even the most basic computer skills to program, and create their own stories and games.
Santo Domingo

Well Covers

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D-Lab students learned about wells in Brazil, and worked on a simplified design for well covers to make them more easily adaptable. Students also focused on education regarding the preservation and care of community water sources, and explored different materials and construction methods for the covers.
Sao Paulo

Bamboo Drip Irrigation

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Drip irrigation systems aid in crop production and water conservation by slowing the flow rate to allow for a constant drip. MIT students engaged the local community in El Porvenir Island in the construction and implementation of drip irrigation systems using local materials, such as bamboo shoots.
El Porvenir Island

8-Bit Weavers

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Nerdy technology designs meet traditional Ecuadorian weavers; the result: 8-Bit Weavers. In 2010, D-Lab students introduced Marta and Romero to 8-Bit designs that they could easily weave into patterns for hats and cell phone covers for US markets. This collaboration has doubled their family's income during the winter months.
Otavalo

Collaboration with Sloan SEID

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For the first time, D-Lab collaborated with Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) to send 3 MBA graduate students along with 6 undergraduate engineering students on the January 2011 D-Lab trip to Cambodia. SEID students analyzed the business aspects of projects and researched how to disseminate technologies.
Phnom Penh & Kien Svay

Peace Corps In-Service Appropriate Technology Training

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ariel,eric,zam team
Lusaka

Peanut Oil Press

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This project involved making a cheaper version of an existing table-top oil press. The project also investigated the profit accrued to groundnut farmers by selling peanut oil, which they can extract using the press. A typical family can make an extra 100 - 200 cedis per year if they sell the oil rather than the peanuts.
Dwere

Moringa Processing

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Moringa, known as the miracle tree, is a plant that can provide significant nutritional value. It is grown on a small scale and used as a nutritional supplement, especially for the malnourished and those with HIV/AIDS. This device was developed with members of the community to process moringa leaves significantly more efficiently and effectively.
Linda Compound & Lusaka West

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