We are Twende, a social innovation centre in Arusha, Tanzania. We are a small collective of inventors and entrepreneurs who use design and technology to create positive social impact in our community. This can include agricultural tools for small-holder farmers like a thresher to reduce labour and time for multiple crops, a manure spreader to make use of a common resource to improve soil fertility, and a drip irrigation kit that costs less than 10 USD. We have also created bicycle-powered products like a maize sheller and a juice blender, as well as solar products like a water heater made of old fluorescent light tubes and a DIY phone charger. DIY because we are like any cult looking to increase membership - so we run design & technology workshops based on pedagogy originated from MIT and organize community-wide events like Youth Cafe and Arusha Coders.
We want to create a society of resilient problem solvers - letting the people who experience many of the most difficult challenges in the world design & create their own solutions. To do this, we have a physical workshop with saws, hammers, welders, grinders, etc. that people are welcome to use. It is designed for education and prototyping, and it has sufficed wonderfully, until now.
As our community grows and people begin turning their innovations into enterprises, we are quickly running out of space for people to manufacture their products for sales. We do not want this progress to stop, so we are raising money to build a new space and hire personnel for both production and teaching.