This was a Bachelor Thesis implemented in 2017/2018 by Erica Eriksson and Sofia Johansson Gunnarsson, studying the Engineering Programme, Energy and Sustainable Development at the Royal institute of Technology, KTH in Stockholm. The title of their Bachelor Thesis is; A summary of problems in households in Linga Linga, Mozambique: As well as an evaluation of possible technical solutions.
The background to the project was that Project Vita wanted to know what challenges the households in the village Linga Linga faces in everyday life, this in order to know what to prioritize in their implementation of new solutions. Living in rural areas of low-income countries could involve difficulties such as lack of electricity, long distance to medical help or no higher level of education available. Involving the people of the village one as a non-profit organization is working with is an important step in making the people feel included in the development of their society.
Therefore, Erica and Sofia interviewed households in the village Linga Linga to find out what challenges were met in everyday life. Furthermore, they investigated if there could be technical solutions available for these problems. One important factor was that the resources to implement technical solutions should be available close to the village so that several households can duplicate the solutions. Most households lack access to transportation possibilities, which was also a challenge to able to improve their living standard. The students designed a table of data where the challenges were ranked according to how they should be prioritized and the potential for developing a technical solution with local resources. After their study several of our students have used it for their projects, were the scope of their projects often have ended up being to develop a technical solution that solves one of the problems Erica and Sofia found out in their study.