D-Lab Development

Community-Based Biodiversity

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A community-based model for promotion of biodiversity in indigenous areas is being explored in rural Zambia. D-Lab is helping co-develop technologies and systems that allow community members to live improved lives while decreasing their dependence on threatened biological resources.
Nyalugwe

Surveys on Solar Battery Charging

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D-Lab students worked side by side with students from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) to survey kiosk owners about disposable battery sales and usage in rural villages. This information was gathered for a solar battery charging project developed by Shawn Frayne of Haddock Invention.
Kien Svay

Incentives for Rural Latrine Emptying

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The D-Lab Cambodia Team worked with International Development Enterprises (IDE) to study methods to increase demand for environmentally sound latrine emptying services in rural areas. The project involved exploring biogas generation and fertilizer production to generate income as an incentive for latrine emptying.
Kampong Speu & Kandal

Design Center in Cambodia

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The D-Lab Cambodia Team worked with International Development Enterprises (IDE) on a design center to foster innovation and provide a central space for individuals and organizations in Cambodia to access machines, tools and other resources to create appropriate technologies.
Phnom Penh

Flashlight-Building Workshops

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The Edgerton Center Outreach Program has developed a hands-on educational workshop that teaches students the basics of electricity and circuitry through building LED flashlights. The D-Lab Cambodia team adapted and translated the workshop to run at an orphanage as well as a school for children who used to work as trash pickers.
Phnom Penh & Sre Ampil

Pedal-Powered Corn Sander

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D-Lab students worked with Global Cycle Solutions in Tanzania to build a prototype for a human (bicycle) powered corn sander as an alternative to electricity-powered grain mills, to produce fine corn flour used to make the local staple food ugali.
Arusha

Carbonizing Animal Dung

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A study of cooking practices in a rural Maasai village led to experimentation with carbonizing dried animal dung (donkey, cow and elephant) to make charcoal. The results were promising, and although emissions testing still needs to be done, the briquettes could be a less smoky, free, and readily available alternative to wood charcoal.
Laiboni

Clean Delivery Birth Kit Assesment

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A D-Lab student took samples of the AYZH Clean Delivery Birth Kit to Tanzania to get feedback on the product and determine if there is a market for the kit and how it should be adapted for Tanzania. Interviews with local midwives, mothers and a traditional medicine man were very informative in learning about child birthing practices in Tanzania.
Arusha and Monduli District

Pedal-Powered Rice Thresher

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A student worked with Tanzanian company Global Cycle Solutions to prototype a simple pedal-powered rice thresher as a faster alternative for post-harvest processing compared to hitting the unthreshed rice against a wall or with a stick. We are anxiously awaiting a supply of unthreshed rice to be able to test the prototype!
Arusha

Smallbean Education and Documentation

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D-Lab Tanzania students worked with a Boston NGO, Smallbean, to implement their Citizen Archivist Project in Laiboni, a rural Maasai village. Teachers from the local primary school and community members learned how to use a computer, digital camera and voice recorder to document the history of the school and community.
Laiboni

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