In these videos, you'll see how creative (and talented!) some of these laborers can be when they are asked to accomplish things that we would never dream of doing by hand back in the West. As it relates to eMi, when we're designing anything from buildings to water projects, we have to make sure that what we're designing is appropriate for the local labor practices - though as you'll see in these videos, their creativity can usually accomplish most anything!
In the first video...I've actually seen this happening on construction sites here. The alternate is, they build a huge wooden ramp where they haul the rock up in wheelbarrows - even several stories high. The ramp is usually pretty steep though so I don't know that it's much of an improvement especially when you include the effort it takes to build the ramp.
In this next video...I have not seen this done before! I think the guy on the bottom is going to need rotator cuff replacement surgery before he's 30! The cement truck shown is pretty rare, at least in Uganda. I've only seen two cement trucks here in the past 2 1/2 years. Almost all cement is hand mixed in this part of the world. Usually they have an elaborate assembly line in place to accomplish what's shown in this video.
The last video is from India...this guy belongs at Venice Beach, or maybe in a Circus! Very impressive!