University essay from Lunds universitet/Industridesign

Abstract: For a city and culture that excels at adding value to waste, Kisumu struggles with a systematic approach for solid-waste management. Food and animal wastes run rampant in the streets while families still cook for hoursevery day using harmful fuels like kerosene, charcoal and firewood. This project takes to heart the insight that if a solution isn’t affordable to those who need it the most — it’s not a solution. Using only locally-sourced materials and a grassroots innovation approach, the solution proposes a way to imagine the Kisumu-specific transition to BioGas - ushering in a safer, more sustainable development path from the bottom up. Using Design Research methods, this project looks into the business possibilities and affordability models of a domestic biogas digester, a harvesting storage bag, and a modified biogas stove. The goal is to provide the most affordable model for a piecemeal transition to alternative and renewable energy fuels in the household. The concept was eagerly supported and encouraged along the way and received great feedback at an Exhibition with hundreds of local community members. The project is being carried on and continued as a joint project from multiple parties within Kisumu today.

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