Donkey and Solar Powered Mobile Cellphone Charging Station

How do you charge your cell phones in rural Africa, where access to electricity is spotty at best? Here's the solution: a donkey and solar-powered mobile charging station!

Fitted with a solar panel that charges a 12 volt battery under the driver’s seat, the “HAPPY” becomes an independent, sustainable source of energy that powers cell phone connectivity, front and rear emergency lights and a small neon tube at night. Add a water filtration system, and the “HAPPY” doubles as a multi functional mobile business unit, that can empower an entrepreneurial owner, to generate income from it as a fresh water outlet, a mobile phone kiosk or a spaza shop – even after dark.

Link - Thanks David!


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This is a project of the a South African charity called Wheel and Water (http://wheelandwater.co.za/). Among other things, they make human-powered water carts! Not as sexy as the HAPPY, but, according to MIT's Amy Smith, 40,000,000,000 hours are spent just gathering water by the world's poorest people, and products like this can make a significant difference. The site is well worth a look!
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