SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF ACHIEVING CHEAP DONKEY HARNESSING
A PROBLEM WITH SEVERAL DIMENSIONS A two-wheel cart gives problems of balance, usually putting the weight forward through one shaft
If the end of the shaft is simply supported by a strap over donkey necks, the weight of the cart falls on the weakest part of the donkeys.
But they need to be even cheaper, or users will be reluctant to change
Other criteria must be met, but cheapness depends on MATERIAL for the straps. • It must be: • very strong • absorbent • slightly elastic • stitchable • flexible, though not too much • locally obtainable • and, of course, CHEAP
LEATHER is expensive & a little difficult to stitch LEATHER is expensive & a little difficult to stitch BRAIDED GOATSKIN takes too much time BRAIDED GOATSKIN takes too much time
FIREHOSE is expensive (unless stolen) & very difficult to stitch, also not very flexible BRAIDED NETLON is pretty well ideal
But ! BRAIDING STRIPS OF SUPERMARKET BAGS is very much cheaper. It needs replacing more often, but is appealingly colourful and also represents a use for what would otherwise be an environmental threat.
Indigenous weaving skills are utilized, which can lead to income generation
And of course, comfortable donkeys can do more work for their owners … EVERYBODY BENEFITS !