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Our Stories of Change aim to give readers and practitioners a glimpse into the experiences of those who have used Practical Action’s information and services to help them in their projects.

The stories provide an ideal opportunity for other practitioners working in the area to see first-hand the lessons learned, and to pass on and use this knowledge appropriately.

You can Share your Experience here, and tell others about how your project went, what were the successes and failures, the rewards and challenges, and the lessons you would pass on to others.


Beekeeping in Uganda

Bee-keeping is an important seasonal activity in almost of all parts of Uganda. The primary purpose of the Honey Beekeepers Project (HBP) was to provide Empower and Care Organization

Nando Aidos, Published by United Kingdom on 2015

Bicycle Trailers in Zambia

This is a comprehensive case study in Zambia that used Practical Action's Bicycle Trailer Technical

Alison Noble, Published by Practical Action, United Kingdom on 2006

Bio-Sand Filter Designs in Indonesia & Tanzania

Stewart is a Scottish agricultural engineer living in Tasmania who undertook an ABV (Australian Business Volunteers) assignment in Jakarta and Tanzania to introduce and organise the manufacture

Stewart Brown, Published by Practical Action, United Kingdom on 2013

Building Toilets in Nepal

Raising awareness of health and hygiene through the use of a video produced by Ankhi

Mani Karmacharya, Published by Practical Action, South Asia on 2009

Cheese Making in Ayacucho, Peru

Gabriel Reaño met with Danny Bautista Cisneros, who reported on improvements made in cheese production in

Gabriel Reaño, Published by Practical Action, Latin America on 2011

Cook Electric - The Ghandruk Experience

It describes the experiences from Ghandruk that how micro-hydro can help rural communities to use the power for electric cooking to save

Janet Bell, Published by Practical Action, South Asia on 1994

Evaporative Cooling in Gambia

This story of change explains the introduction of the pot in pot cooler in

Qasid Safir, Published by Practical Action, Sudan on 2010

Evaporative Cooling in India

A case study from Indicorp describing the introduction of a domestic

Karthik Raman, Published by Practical Action, United Kingdom on 2007

Food Processing in Parcona, Peru

Handbooks on making jams, yoghurt and fruit nectars were used help the Women's Association of Parcona develop their

Giannina Solari, Published by Practical Action, Latin America on 2009

Growing Food at Ultra-Low Cost Without Land

Producing vegetables & fruit in rows of vertically hung bags provides food & income for individuals and small cooperatives. In arid climates it uses very much less water than land based crops

Mike Tomkinson, Published by Practical Action on 2014

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks - a story of change

Using Practical Action's technical information, Andrew from Nairobi is developing many new enterprises using locally available resources. His most recent is the development of

Margaret Rukwaro, Published by United Kingdom on 2011

Joseph Muriuki of JMM Claystoves Producers

This document describes how a business was developed by Joseph Muriuki with training from GTZ and Practical

Joseph Muriuki, Published by Kenya on 2011

Leasehold Farmers Group Influences Locals

An example of the way successful projects can influence people not directly involved in the

Published by Nepal on 2010

Making Chocolate in Peru: The pleasure of teaching

Mirla Felices and Rosa García are teachers in different classrooms, but they both have the same determination and objective to ensure that their pupils replicate their lessons. They both

Published by Practical Action, Latin America on 2013

Manual Press for Fuel Briquettes

It all started on the Island of Príncipe, in the small African Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe where cooking is mostly done on an open fire where chopped down firewood is regularly burned.

Nando Aidos, Published by United Kingdom on 2015

Mud Stoves - A Story of Change

Using Practical Action's book on mud stoves, Benson from Kenya has developed an enterprise and changed his

Margaret Rukwaro, Published by Practical Action, Eastern Africa on 2011

Nashetu-E-Maa; Building in Partnership with the Maasai

This is the story of work by Practical Action on imporoving the housing of Maasai after permanent

Lucky Lowe, Published by Practical Action, United Kingdom on 1999

New Variety of Rice Increases Production

Abdus Salam, a farmer in Bangladesh, adopts the new BRRI Dhan-50 variety of rice to increase his

Practical Action, Published by Practical Action, Bangladesh on 2013

Podcasting Empowering Gwanda Communities

Podcasting has been implemented with participation from a multitude of local stakeholders in the Gwanda district of

Thembinkosi Nyathi, Published by Practical Action Southern Africa on 2013

Prensa Manual Para Briquetes - Historias de Mudanca

Tudo começou na ilha de Príncipe, na pequena república africana de São Tomé e Príncipe, onde, na maioria das vezes, se cozinha em fogo aberto, onde a lenha cortada é regularmente queimada.

Nando Aidos, Published by United Kingdom on 2015


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