Appropriate Technology: Fridge w/o electricity

I love stories of successful implementation of “appropriate technology“.  Here’s a refrigeration device that uses no electricity being set up in northern Nigeria.  It is built by placing a clay pot inside a slightly larger pot and filling the gap with sand.  By wetting the sand, the evaporative properties create a significant cooling effect (much like the old water bags on the front of jeeps kept water cool).  Food that used to last only days, now lasts weeks.

A side issue is that young girls that used to be saddled with the daily duties of retrieving fresh produce for the family, now are increasingly able to attend school.

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