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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

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

Cook Stoves in Nepal

Renewable energy practices in

Practical Action, Published by Nepal on 2014/11/6

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

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 2014/11/19

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 2014/08/29

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

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 2014/11/7

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 2014/11/18

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 2014/08/29

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

Solar Dryers in Kenya

Description of the solar drying technology transfer to the Laikipia Mjengo Housing Cooperative

Margaret Rukwero, Published by Kenya on 2014/10/28

Solar Drying in Peru

Bruno Caracchini has followed up on his idea of producing and marketing dehydrated fruit. His business is in the pilot

Giannina Solari, Published on 2014/10/28

The Story of Mutubanda - drought and climate change in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka already experience the impacts of climate change. Mutubanda has grown rice half his life but increasing frequency and duration of droughts are threatening his harvest. He uses

Practical Action, Published by Practical Action on 2014/11/19

Upesi Energy-Saver Jiko Stoves in Kenya

The Upesi Partnership project was launched in 2007 promoting improved stoves among vulnerable communities in western

Practical Action, Published by Practical Action East Africa on 2014/11/6


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