Benin Startup Builds Low-Cost Computers Out of Jerrycans

BloLab, a startup in Benin is turning plastic jerricans into computers using recycled components and distributing them to the public at a low cost, writes Anne Nzouankeu for Voice of America.

Arthur Dadjo is a student in Cotonou, Benin, where innovation and recycling meet. For the past year, he has been using a computer he built himself. It is made from a plastic jerrycan, recycled materials and parts from an old or broken computer to build what would become the computer's motherboard and hard drive.

Locals call it "Jerry" after the name of the containers. With royalty-free software installed, it is as good as new. And most importantly, cheaper.


Video screenshot featuring BloLab, a digital innovation lab working in the fields of education and digital technology, that makes “Jerry” computers using recycled components.

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