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The Sustainable Mobility project of the Collaboratory empowers people living with a disability in rural West Africa to pursue educational and work opportunities and more fully participate in family and community life. Our electric, 3-wheeled, off-road wheelchair has transformed the lives of dozens of clients through partnerships with the Center for the Advancement of the Handicapped in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso and the Center of Hope in Fada, Burkina Faso. Now, to reach more people in new locations and with more partners, Sustainable Mobility is working to reduce manufacturing time and cost, author image-driven fabrication guides to enable local fabricators to build trikes, create instructional trike assembly videos, and develop supply chains to bring parts and materials to build sites. We seek to put local fabricators to work building tricycles wherever they are needed.

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Spring 2021


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A Sustainable Mobility Solution for Persons Living with Disability in Burkina Faso

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