The wheel deal

May 23, 2018
Locals from Uganda’s Kasese District show off a new hand-pedalled tricycle that converts into a wheelchair

Photo: Bjarki Hallgrimsson

For people living with disabilities that affect their mobility, it’s almost impossible to get around in some communities in the Kasese District of southwestern Uganda. The roads that lead to school, jobs and general self-sufficiency are off limits to those without a means to travel them, making these people “the poorest of the poor.” But, the situation could change: opportunities once beyond the grasp of Ugandans with disabilities are now within reach thanks to a specially designed wheelchair.  

This article is part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between IDRC and Canadian Geographic.

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