South Africa's i-Shacks offer hope

Using eco-friendly technologies, student's idea promises to improve living conditions in country's shanty towns.

    Andreas Keller, a master's student in South Africa, wanted to find an environmentally friendly way to improve people's living conditions in the country's shanty towns.

    The idea he came up with is the eco-friendly i-Shack - insulated with cardboard, complete with a rainwater harvesting system and solar-powered electricity.

    Thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, there are plans to build 100 more i-Shacks.

    Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Enkanini in Western Cape, South Africa.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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