The Musana Cart is a solar-powered, modular street vending cart. The solar panel powers the lights, radio, stove fan and electrical sockets which can be used to power items including refrigerators. Carts are also fitted with eco-stoves for cooking. The cart was designed by the Musana Cart team in conjunction with Design Without Borders, Green Bio Energy and TASS Solar Suppliers.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Musana Carts, partnered with local micro-finance institutions.
Individually made by local technicians and fabricators in Kisenyi, Uganda. The manufacturer designs and produces the cart specific to customers' needs. They primarily focus on bulk orders, however, they also make fully customised carts for individual clients.Interview with manufacturer in 2020
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain the product directly from Musana Carts Ltd. The company works with local organisations that aim to empower the youth in Uganda and partners with local microfinance institutions to make the cart more accessible. It is a franchise so vendors pay a franchise fee weekly that is built into their cart loan repayment.
Distributions to Date Status
As of 2020, 39 carts have been distributed to individual vendors in Uganda.Interview with manufacturer in 2020
The Musana Carts are designed for and with each vendor to ensure their needs are met. The solar panel can power lights, a radio, a stove fan and electrical sockets which can be used to power items including refrigerators. Carts can also be fitted with eco-stoves for cooking and lockable storage space.
Local technicians provide support for the different components of the system.
The manufacturer is solely responsible for the repair of each vendors cart during the payback period.Interview with manufacturer in 2020
3 to 5 years. The limiting component is the solar panel whose average lifecycle is 3 years but can stretch up to 5 with good handling. A 2-year warranty is provided over the cart payback period.Interview with manufacturer in 2020
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer aims to improve the health of vendors and local residents by reducing smoke inhalation associated with traditional charcoal stoves, improve food safety by training Musana Cart owners and increase vendors' income by reducing energy costs and allowing them to work at night.
Vetted Performance Status
Musana Carts have found that vendors have more ability to stay open longer and make more money with the solar-powered light, however, no third-party testing has been completed.
Battery could be hazardous if not properly installed. Cook-stoves could be a hazard but care is taken to ensure that they are properly insulated.
Complementary Technical Systems
Solar system and associated components.