3. A back support
for carrying firewood, farm produce
The design context.
Design and make a more comfortable, less strenuous method for carrying
firewood or water for a person travelling by foot.
For background details of lifestyles etc. see both
sections 1 and 2.
Women have heavy burdens to carry every day. They collect water,
carry firewood, and carry young children. They may spend many hours
every day searching for and bringing home firewood. The only means
of support the poor women use is a headband that is tied around
the forehead and temple and then bound round the firewood in bundles
on their backs. There is massive pressure on the forehead and scalp
and the women are bent double by the weight of the wood on their
backs. Jeremiah thinks a method of supporting wood, keeping it from
digging into both back and head would be a great asset, as long
as it was cheap and effective.