"An italian architect has transformed life in a Mali village"- The Guardian. Foroba Yelen is the name given by the women from a Mali village to the lighting prototype created by Matteo Ferroni. He considers the light as a cultural phenomena rather than a technological challenge : an anthropological tool to overcome darkness. The community embrace was above expectations and more than 50 lanterns spread over 70 villages with 35.000 inhabitants in the region of Segou. Be inspired by this amazing story on the 16th of July and sign up below.
The Guardian wrote: "Italian architect Matteo Ferroni spent three years studying villages in rural Mali, where close to 90% of the population have no access to electricity. He wanted to design a light that villagers could manufacture for themselves, so went on to study how welders in nearby Cinzana built donkey carts, the traditional mode of transport that is still widely used today. He used their expertise, along with parts that could be found in any small village in the country, and came up with a design that would "work for the people, not the manufacturers"."
"He came to speak at HUB Milan, and he really blew us away [...] Matteo is not your average TED speaker. He's soft-spoken, reflective, intimate. His story is non-linear, draws from old documents uncovered in Malian libraries to a long series of photographs depicting everyday life in rural villages. I would say his way of presenting is almost like an art installation. [...] It was a beautiful, truly inspiring event."- Alberto Masetti-Zannini founder at HUB Milan.
· concept and design by Matteo Ferroni
· a project run by Fondazione eLand
· with the support of Haus der Kulturen der Welt