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Bike-Pedal Powered Millet Milling Machine. Travis Warrington Health and Community Development PCV/The Gambia ‘08-Present. Intro: Long Story Short. Basic pounding of staple foods=not sweet. Big fuel-powered milling machines=unsustainable.

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bike pedal powered millet milling machine

Bike-Pedal Powered Millet Milling Machine

Travis Warrington

Health and Community Development

PCV/The Gambia ‘08-Present

intro long story short
Intro: Long Story Short
  • Basic pounding of staple foods=not sweet.
  • Big fuel-powered milling machines=unsustainable.
  • Engineers Without Borders- -Rowan University, New Jersey.
  • Pilot study in India= altered the machine.
  • One working machine in The Gambia now.
  • Now planning implementation
maas maas

Maas Maas

I didn’t bring the machine…but I have pictures!!

here she works
Here She Works
  • ‘Small boy’ sits on the machine
  • Helper pours in millet, groundnuts, etc into hopper.
  • One sitting pedals small small
  • The machine grinds
  • Bowl or rice bag collects milled product
  • Is finish way!
current issues
Current Issues
  • Seeing if I can remake another one here.
  • Remanufacturing the device *sustainability!

-Local welder is busy.

-Only tech. inst. has tools and knowledge to make the grinder.

- Grinding plates bought in US.

  • Cost (labor, materials, etc) Funding?
  • Availability of specific metals.
  • Time is going, de.
my vision
My Vision
  • Have local women’s groups ‘sign’ off on the idea - -tell women “you need this!”
  • Train local welders to make the base =profit.
  • Have country’s technical college make the grinder device- -then sell them in bulk to local welders=puts school on map helping country.
  • Have NGO assist in funding and implementation.
  • This machine could alter gender norms in this culture forever! (*GAD*)
jarama
Jarama!
  • If you want any more information, please email me at: warrint@gmail.com
  • PCV to take over project after April, Ms. Marnie Florin: marnie.florin@gmail.com