Going to Uganda, I had sent Kio a drawing for a storage device. Women often sell things at markets, 1, 2, or 3 times a week. The user's hands are prepoccuped with peddaling, so it is difficult for them to carry any type of load any distance. Having a storage device would help them in their day to day activities as well as earning an income.
Then we started meeting with locals. Here is the building at Makerere University that we met in first.
Next was Kyambogo University.
Here is myself with Biira Mary Yalala who helped me tremendously before I arrived in Uganda, but also gave me additional input once I arrived.
Here I am with Jonoless and her daughter, Sarah, as well as Biira Sylvia, all of whom helped me before and after I arrived in Kasese. After meeting with so many people, I started noticing a trending suggestion made by almost everyone I proposed my concept to. "Where does the baby go?" "How do they bring their child?" Babies are carried everywhere by the mother until they are around 2 years old. They will accompany their mother everywhere, including to the market. Typically, babies are carried on the front or back of the mother and secured with a cloth.
However, women with disabilities who use the tricycle to get around, like Maria, don't have as many options to carry their children. The back is ruled out due to the back rest on the trike. Carrying the child in front may get in the way of pedalling.
The recurring question I heard during my time in Uganda!
I designed a carrier for the tricycle! Newborns to approximately 8-9 months lay in a cot under the pedals. This allows the mother to always have her eye on her baby, and easy access in any event. After 8-9 months (the age at which they tend to be able to steadily sit up for long periods), the child sits in a carrier on the back of the tricycle.
The majority of these devices will be tube bent and welded. The foam will be cut to size and covers for the seats and harnasses will be sewn.
Bill of Materials
-3/4 inch tubing
-1/2 inch tubing