Maka Pads | Uganda (2015): An SWB sponsored Master of Natural Resources Master Project titled: Strategic Options to Pursue Sustainable Market Access for Technology for Tomorrow Ltd.’s MakaPads product in Uganda. This project sought to explore options for Technology for Tomorrow, Ltd. to expand access of their sanitary napkin product, MakaPads, to local women in Uganda. For pictures and more information click here
Renewable Energy in Liberia | Kpondehtown, Liberia (2015): SWB installed a solar power water pump in one of the communities on the LAC rubber plantation in July 2014. The system includes water taps inside and outside the homes. LAC is happy with the project to date and has expressed possible interest in other renewable energy projects for their communities but the Ebola outbreak in Liberia stalled the project and made it difficult to travel in 2015. It also negatively affected LAC’s business providing them with limited funds for future projects. However, we still hope to continue to work with them in the future. Click here for pictures of the project.
Aquaponics | Liberia (2013): In the summer of 2013, SWB members from Michigan and Liberia designed and installed a solar-powered aquaponics system at the Christian Revival Church Association guest compound. Originally intended to serve as a prototype to be moved to another location, the CRCA Director immediately saw the promise of this system to alleviate some of the many challenges Liberians currently face and urged SWB to make this particular system a ‘model’ that could be replicated across the country.
EHELD Summer Camp | Liberia (2011-2013): Curriculum development and teaching summer camps for young Liberian students interested in pursuing education and professional careers in Agriculture and Engineering. SWB partners with the USAID program, Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) and the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
Sustainable Farm | Kpondeh, Liberia (2011 – 2012): UNDP has sponsored a grant for our partners CRCA to work alongside SWB in creating a sustainable farm. The farm includes livestock, vegetables, and appropriate technologies for irrigation and an anaerobic digestion of wastes. The project is ongoing and will interface with an elementary school which will benefit from clean cooking facilities powered by the gas created from the waste. Click here to see a youtube video of this project.
Merry-Go-Round Electricity Generator and Playground | Konia, Liberia (2011): In the town of Konia, an 8-hour drive from Monrovia, SWB implemented a full playground for CRCA’s school. The playground includes a jungle gym, slides, and an electricity generating merry-go-round! Click here to see a youtube video of this project.