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Stories of Change

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.


Bicycle Trailers in Zambia

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

Alison Noble, Published by United Kingdom on 2014/11/19

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 United Kingdom on 2014/10/28

Building Toilets in Nepal

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

Mani Karmacharya, Published by Nepal on 2014/09/23

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 Peru on 2014/09/23

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 Nepal on 2014/10/28

Evaporative Cooling in Gambia

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

Qasid Safir, Published by Practical Action on 2014/11/18

Evaporative Cooling in India

A case study from Indicorp describing the introduction of a domestic

Karthik Raman, Published by Indicorps on 2014/11/18

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 Peru on 2014/09/23

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 2015/03/6

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 2014/09/23

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 2014/10/9

Leasehold Farmers Group Influences Locals

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

Published by Nepal on 2014/10/28

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 Soluciones Prácticas, Peru. on 2014/10/28

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 Kenya on 2014/11/21

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 United Kingdom on 2014/09/23

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 on 2015/03/6

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 2015/02/23

Rainwater Harvesting in Uganda

The basic goal of the DRIP Project is to promote a cheap and effective way of harvesting rainwater as a means of relieving food

Andrew Herod, Published by DRIP Uganda on 2014/09/23

Rocket Stoves Options

Prior to a visit to a part of Tanzania where fuel wood is scarce, Stuart Brown conducted extensive research into wood burning stoves and concluded that a rocket stove could be an attractive

Stewart Brown, Published by United Kingdom on 2014/10/28

Shagra Community Forest

Nadia Ibrahim Mohammed attended the “Greening Darfur” inception workshop and then decided to establish a community forest. In order to do this she mobilised the community, especially women

Published by Practical Action on 2014/10/17


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