Posts Tagged ‘AfriGadget’

Women of Minyore

Monday, May 21, 2012

Over the weekend, AfriGadget shared this wonderful short documentary by the Kenya-based Dutch journalist Ruud Elmendorp on trashpicking craftswomen near Nakuru.

The women, including Lucy Wambui, featured in a video and report on Elmendorp’s site, collect plastic bags from the dump and weave them into marketable goods. In an area of the world ravaged by poverty, HIV, domestic abuse and drug addiction, these women are bettering their lives and educating the next generation on the income they earn selling recycled plastic. Lucy, for example, pays her grandson’s school fees with part of her income.

I find this piece particularly compelling because I have been to Nakuru, spent the night in the national park for which the area is famed and even spent a night in town without ever crossing paths with a community of trashpickers. Elmendorp’s shot of the dump site with flamingo lake in the background beautifully illustrates the contrast between the two worlds. It reminds me of this photo, which I shared here in 2010, taken from the shore of the same lake.

Lake Nakuru

How different the planet appears from the other side of the looking glass.

Kids in Cameroon make toy cars from trash

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Adorable video and post from the always-inspiring AfriGadget.

Upcycled helicopter

Monday, March 29, 2010

A team in Somaliland built this helipcopter out of scrap metal and an old van engine. AfriGadget has the scoop (and points out that there is no footage of the thing in flight).  This new one isn’t as cool as the Nigerian one AfriGadget posted on a few years back, but is still pretty rad.

Football Made in Africa

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

via AfriGadget

Plastic sheets

Monday, August 17, 2009

Remember when I told you I was excited to see what kinds of neat stuff came out of Maker Faire Africa? Case in point.

Maker Faire Africa

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Africa is getting its very own Maker Faire—modeled after the conference of DIY inventors, crafters and all around innovators started in the Bay Area in 2006—organized by the masterminds behind the blogs Timbuktu Chronicles, AfriGadget and MIT’s International Development Design Summit. The first African installment will take place August 14-16 in Ghana and will include tracks on Robotics, Agriculture & Environment, Science & Engineering, Arts & Crafts. Here’s a link to the event blog.

I cannot wait to see what inspirational designs emerge from this meeting. Prediction: upcycling like we’ve never seen it before.

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