D-Lab Development

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

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks

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Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks require almost no mortar and are stronger and more durable than rectangular soil blocks. A team of youth at the Light of Hope Health Center produce, market, sell, and construct using ISSBs in their community. This is a healthy alternative activity for youth that also provides income for their education.
Linda Compound, Lusaka

Small Business Building Workshop

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Creating products, services, and jobs through small business can be very powerful in a developing rural community. A one afternoon workshop (pictured) opened discussion around general business planning and led to several follow-up sessions focusing on carpentry, sewing and knitting, groundnut butter production, and music.
Linda Compound & Lusaka West

Youth-Run Foundry

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A small-scale, youth-run aluminum foundry was established during January 2011. A variety of small metal products are produced for sale in the community. This activity provides the income for the youths' education and encourages creativity and marketable skills.
Linda Compound

Community Radio Station

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Light of Hope Radio is a youth-run, health-oriented community radio station established by the Linda Compound community. Its primary aims are to disseminate health information, provide an activity for vulnerable youth, and give the Linda community a forum for public discussion.
Linda Compound

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