Prefab ‘Bank in a Can’ delivers banking services to remote areas of Africa

January 12, 2017 by  
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People who live in rural areas of Africa in particular don’t always have access to reliable ATMs or other banking services. To help alleviate this issue, Johannesburg’s A4AC designed new prefabricated banking units called BANK IN A CAN that can be delivered to remote, rural areas. The Bank in a Can project was realized in collaboration between A4AC and FNB (First National Bank) as a banking solution for rural areas where people don’t have access to quality banking and financial services. Each prefabricated container is branded with graphics inspired by different local contexts. Related: World’s tiniest phone repair shops open in London’s iconic red telephone boxes The units are designed to be deployed in any rural or urban community and can be made operational within a few weeks. The foundations and structural infrastructure are prepared on site prior to the arrival of mobile units. The roof structure is then installed over the units. + A4AC

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People who live in rural areas of Africa in particular don’t always have access to reliable ATMs or other banking services. To help alleviate this issue, Johannesburg’s A4AC designed new prefabricated banking units called BANK IN A CAN that can be delivered to remote, rural areas. The Bank in a Can project was realized in collaboration between A4AC and FNB (First National Bank) as a banking solution for rural areas where people don’t have access to quality banking and financial services. Each prefabricated container is branded with graphics inspired by different local contexts. Related: World’s tiniest phone repair shops open in London’s iconic red telephone boxes The units are designed to be deployed in any rural or urban community and can be made operational within a few weeks. The foundations and structural infrastructure are prepared on site prior to the arrival of mobile units. The roof structure is then installed over the units. + A4AC

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

July 9, 2014 by  
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For many people who lack access to electricity, life ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate communities around the world that are desperately in need of light and vote for the most deserving. Once these communities have been identified, employees then install energy efficient solar-powered lights for both homes and roads. Thanh Son village in Vietnam is among the first communities to receive Philips’ life-changing technology, and further projects will be implemented across 17 countries in the coming months. Read the rest of Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , donations , employee engagement program , Gift of Light , LED lighting , philanthropy , Philips , Philips Gift of Light program , rural areas , Solar Power , Thanh Son , Vietnam

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Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

July 9, 2014 by  
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Ukuleles are beloved by travelers and artists for their compact, easily transportable frame that packs a surprisingly loud sound. Blackbird Guitars took the small and simple instrument to the next level by introducing the world’s first flax-fiber string instrument to the market. Constructed from earth-friendly and lightweight Ekoa natural composites, this wooden ukelele boasts a vintage old-growth sound and feel within a durable, travel-friendly design. The Blackbird Clara Ukulele was also the recent recipient for the 2014 Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA product design award. + Blackbird Guitars The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blackbird guitars , clara ukulele , eco friendly ukulele , ekoa , flax fiber , flax fiber string instrument , idea product design award , Industrial Designers Society of America , natural composites , old growth , reader submitted content , ukulele

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

June 10, 2013 by  
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With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light  has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar panel and can easily orient itself towards the sun during the day, and provide focused task lighting at night. The compact-yet-powerful S1 Solar LED Lamp  is one of the finalists for INDEX Awards 2013 for providing light to millions of homes in Asia and Africa. Read the rest of S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Affordable Solar Lamp , Africa , asia , d.light , INDEX Awards 2013 , LED lighting , Lighting for Rural Areas , renewable energy , rural areas , S1 Solar LED Lamp , solar lighting , Solar Power        

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Massive “Cloud” Made of 53,000+ Plastic Bottles Pops Up in NYC

June 10, 2013 by  
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This past weekend, STUDIOKCA invited New Yorkers to get their heads stuck in a cloud inside their giant pavilion made with over 53,000 reclaimed plastic bottles . The massive white “cloud” popped up on Governors Island as part of the 2013 FIGMENT art festival and called attention to the approximately 53,000 plastic bottles that get thrown away in New York City in just one hour . Once inside, festival-goers were able to gaze upon the iridescent ceiling (also make of water bottles) while dancing to tunes played by the on-site DJ. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city of dreams , eco design , Enneper Pavilion , figment , figment festival , Fodder Form Pavilion , governors island , green design , Head in the CLouds , HuycKurlanDowling , Jason Klimoski , Lesley Chang , Maria Mingallon , MTQTHSS , recycled art , recycled plastic bottles , STUDIKCA , sustainable design        

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How Solar Power is Spreading in Africa and Asia (Video)

October 21, 2011 by  
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Voice of America /via While friends of coal and oil continue to try and scupper the renewable energy revolution that’s underway, the fact is that whole communities in poor, rural areas are getting their first taste of electricity—and they are doing so without ever having to use fossil fuels…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sail Powered Shipping Makes a Tentative Come Back

October 21, 2011 by  
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From sail-powered cargo ships to kite-powered freighters , there have been some promising signs of wind-power returning to international shipping. The Tres Hombres is a wind-powered ship providing a freight service between continental Europe, the UK and the Americas. Rob Hopkins of the Transition Movement has just recorded a podcast on

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Emily Pilloton Gives TED Talk on Designing for Social Change!

November 11, 2010 by  
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We’re excited to announce that former Inhabitat editor Emily Pilloton , and superstar founder of humanitarian design organization Project H Design , has just made her TED video debut speaking about her latest project: using design education as a means for social change in a rural Bertie County, NC . In February 2009, Emily and her Project H partner Matthew Miller moved to Bertie County, North Carolina – the poorest and most rural country in the state – with the aim of transforming the Bertie through their experimental “Design. Build

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Gorgeous Green Wall Adorns Palm Beach Shopping Center

November 11, 2010 by  
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Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, is now home to the city’s first living wall : an 840 square foot vertical green masterpiece adorning the exterior wall of Saks Fifth Avenue.

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