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Title: Ghana 2013: Yonso Collaboration
Designers: Yoshi Araki, Anna Couturier, Yilin Lu
Partners: University of Pennsylvania Integrated Product Design, Bresslergroup, Yonso Project (Ghana), in collaboration with KNUST (Ghana)

In 2013, we traveled to Ghana to work with Yonso Project, with a rural development organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty by improving educational and economic opportunities for individuals and families in rural Ghana. One of their programs involves training youth to manufacture bamboo bikes, which they sell in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our goal in working together was to design new products that would expand the reach of Yonso Project and build their capacity to develop sustainable industries in rural Ghana. During our visit, we learned that products must be produced using local materials and manufacturing capabilities and identified those materials and capacities. We determined that bike accessories would be the best way to expand the Yonso Project's product family. We also realized that the Yonso Project's products and its website could do a better job of telling the story of the organization. We therefore, developed designs and instructions for three bike accessories and prototyped a new website design to work together to spread the story of The Yonso Project.