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Monday, November 16, 2009

Violette and Dieudonné product commission ideas: Chiminea/Stove/Wheel Barrow

Cooking in Madagascar is done inside the home without a chimney which is the cause of many fires and lung related diseases especially in children (who tend to be the ones responsible for lighting the fire.) It is strange to view homes throughout Madagascar with black windows and roofs instead of a chimney pot, why the houses have no chimneys is still a mystery.

A basic metal chiminea adapted for smoke extraction is a possible solution to this problem. As the story goes, chimeneas originated hundreds if not thousands of years ago by Mexican tribesmen who developed the chimeneas as a means of providing heat for their family as well as a vessel for cooking and baking.

Fuel wood and charcoal production. The endemic spiny forests of Madagascar are being cut at an alarming rate for charcoal production. In eking out a living selling little piles of charcoal along roads in southwestern Madagascar, local people turn towards the nearest plant source, which are often Alluaudia trees.

The charcoal
is transported on yolks on peoples backs this system is used everywhere as there are so few roads in Madagascar, walking is the main transport often balancing along the ridges of the ubiquitous rice paddy fields. We are also going to commission the antique wheel barrow in the photograph as a second product for the factory workshop.

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