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Rwandan toilets and the potty time of the future

Yes, I know other EVOKE agents have mentioned this one before, but it definitely bears repeating for it's simplicity, elegance and great use of waste matter.

Gilbert Twizere, a Rwandan student from the ETO Gitarama Secondary School, and over 30 other students from his school developed a bio-gas chamber that allows to turn methane and other waste-related gases into energy.

Now, this idea is far from new. It has been discussed many, many, many times in science and in the media and the technology has been there for some time. The remarkable thing here is that, for all the talk about it, very few people have actually BUILT and used a bio-gas chamber. What is remarkable is that these students not only made the leap from theory to practice and applied it to a community in desperate need of energy solutions, but also made a business out of it.

And I think this is the main improvement here: They are making a business. As I have mentioned on previous posts, the sad state of affairs today is that we all live in a plutocracy. Capitalism is the codeword for even the most socialist and communist of countries if they want to make a dent in the world market, and any good world-saving idea out there has to be proven to be a viable business model before it is taken seriously by the people that count. And by "the people that count" I mean of course either the people with the money, media attention or political resources to increase their distribution.

My hat is off to these Rwandan kids and the teachers from ETO Gitarama Secondary School.

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Comment by Chris Ke Sihai on April 7, 2010 at 4:25am
If you think of 'business' as adding value, then making a business of something is a great idea.

Good comment.


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