Social enterprise, Uji, has designed a wheelchair for disabled people living in developing countries.
SafariSeat is the first project from the social enterprise, and is designed to be low cost, all terrain and open-source, so that it can be made in basic workshops using bicycle parts.
Designer Janna Deeble, who grew up in Kenya, was inspired to create SafariSeat by a Samburu man he met who had been disabled since birth with polio. The man was only able to crawl to move around, and was completely dependent on others.
One in 200 people in East Africa need a wheelchair
One in every 200 people in East Africa live in need of a wheelchair and after studying abroad, Deeble returned to Kenya in 2015 to develop his design with this in mind.
Unlike existing wheelchairs, SafariSeat uses a patented mechanism mimicking a car suspension, so that all of the wheels are able to remain on the ground for better stability.
As well as costing little to make, Deeble will make the blueprints for the wheelchair completely free. This will act as part of an open source toolkit which will enable any workshop to manufacture SafariSeats to be used in the local community.
After launching a £30,000 crowdfunding campaign to develop SafariSeat in October, the social enterprise has already successfully exceeded its original target by £16,000.
Deeble says the additional money will be used to make build more wheelchairs, set up workshops and a disability outreach programme in order to reach remote areas of East Africa.