Infrastructure of a small mobile shop
This mother moved to Moshi three years ago after her husband had left her with her six children, of which the youngest three years old and the oldest twenty two years old. They all live together in a small shelter that they rent in the urban informal settlements of Moshi center. The shelter is barely 2,5 by 3,5 meters and contains one bed. Since this family rents their shelter there is no option for an intervention in the infrastructure, as only the landlord would benefit. As a project, C-re-aid wants to help this woman and her family with a material possession that could lead to a more sustainable income. With their own income, they could themselves decide what their priority is. That could be a house or move to a bigger shelter. The mother had expressed her ambition to start a business, like selling cols. She claimed "a business is less hard work then working on the fields, and it is a faster way to earn money".
In participation with the mother and her oldest sons, the decision was made to construct a mobile infrastructure that would encourage to be a selling point. The reason to make the infrastructure mobile is for practical and flexible reasons. It is important to easily move the infrastructure from the storage place to the city center or market, but also that it could be moved to different selling points within a day. The infrastructure itself could not be, for this reasons, too heavy by itself. The back wheel of the bicycle was cut off and a box was welded onto two wheels. A combination of steel and aluminum was used for the box. Within the box different size drawers were made. The infrastructure was designed in a way that a light roof could slide out of the box. An important aspect to the design for the mother and the student are the aesthetics of this mobile shop. A visual attractive infrastructure might attract more customers so bight colors were used to paint the framework.
Six months later an evaluation of their business and the use of the infrastructure was held. Within those six months many reports were made by sympathizers of C-re-aid that the bicycle had been seen on the street, used by a young man. The mother told us it is physically too hard for her to ride the bicycle. It is the oldest son of the family that is actively using the bicycle as a mobile shop.
Business - Craftwork - Product Design
Louise Van Eecke