"Empowering those of the developing world through simple and effective solutions"
The goal of this project is to address the problem concerning the use of pit latrines in Uganda, specifically Lira, by individuals who have been handicapped by landmines. The objective of Simple Seat, Better Lives (SSBL) is to design portable, low-cost assistive devices that solve physical and socially stigmatic problems for handicapped individuals using a pit latrine. Our engineering product's impact is two-fold. The devices will solve the physical limitations that handicapped individuals face in a pit latrine when not being able to squat or stand back up using only their own strength. Furthermore, the creation and production of these devices will allow land mine survivors to support themselves with the income made upon selling the Simple Seats. This system will restore independence to the land mine survivor, empower those with disabilities, and combat the negative social stigma of disabilities in Uganda.