Design Without Borders
Musana Cart is a mobile cooking cart powered using a solar system used in Uganda to provide clean energy to vendors on the move.
Musana cart is a solar-powered, modular street vending and cooking cart. The Musana cart comes with a stove, light bulb, and phone chargers powered by solar panels, and is further customizable to the needs of the particular vendor through for instance addition of a refridgerator compartment. It was designed by a team comprising Manon Lavaud, Nataliey Bitature and Keisuke Kubota in conjuction with design without borders.
$278 made in installments of $14 per week Interview with Manufacturer
Innokart, regular vending cartsInterview with employee
Goal 7: Aims to increase access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy for all through the use of eco-cooking stoves and solar energy.
Goal 8: Aims to increase access to decent work and economic growth by providing opportunity for registration with the local city council authority for vendors operating undocumented in the informal sector.
Urban food and drink vendors
Individually made by local artisans in Kisenyi, Uganda.
TrademarkInterview with Musana Carts Ltd employee
Users can obtain the product directly from Musana Carts Ltd. Musana Carts Ltd has also partnered with local microfinance institutions to make the cart more affordable through a hire purchase scheme/installment plan.
7 carts as of July 2017.
Local technicians provide support for the different components of the system. 3 year warranty provided for solar panels and insurance provided during the buying period.
Not supplied by manufacturer, but replacement costs are covered by manufacturer during initial payment period.
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. Musana carts provides insurance cover for the cart during the buying period.
Less charcoal used because of energy efficient cook-stoves, Reduced mass of CO2 produced per vendor, Reduced incidences of food poisoning
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.
Solar system and associated components
The vendors are registered with the local city council upon purchase of the carts.
Manufacturer specifies the changes in sales of the cart as the major evaluation method. Efficacy of modifications to the cart since it is still in early development stages is determined by how many sales the vendors are making.
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