Intriguing story - is it realistic?
Thanks for sharing @Maria, This is not meant to be a negative or pedantic comment because I appreciate the good work.
Byt, I feel that we have an ethical obligation to have a critical look at things. We must avoid encouaging engagement in risky business. Too often we create false hopes for those already challenged. I fear that we often superficially oversimplifying things to promote ourselves without realizing/measuring/acknowledge the possible positive or negative impact it may have.
I’ve never been to Senegal so I have to use imagination to analyze the story. I put myself in the situation of a Senegalese who read the story and try to copy the concept, watching the video made by some ‘rich’ guys saying this cost only €70.
I need a workshop: power Drill, bits, saw… Ok it’s initial investment may be covered if I intend producing lots as a business. I need to buy the materials: Pipe, glue etc. (Are hardware stores plenty and well stocked in the target country? what prices do they practice?).
However, I’m sitting comfortably in europe. Have several hardware nearby. There you spend a lot for small quantities. Just to get an estimate I used RS online to get an idea. Pipes:40€, 10 Elbows, etc, a whopping 7€ each, locktite glue 25 €… Bicycle wheels??? Shopping cart wheels??? (we are not stealing are we?)
Your shopping cart will cost me more than 200€. (See note)
Where do I want to go? I would like to see the description of the actual prototype session where someone in Senegal, actually goes through this maker process and constructs a solid wheelchair for another person, listing difficulties, actual costs (tools,time and transport included) Why? Because we have an ethical obligation not to lead people into false beliefs. Not to encourage them into a project that may cost them much more money and resources than they think. Not to encourage taking uncalculated risks and facing a (maybe fatal?) failure.
Note I don’t know if I looked up the right things, but if they arent I would have wasted further money and failed building the weelchair