Festarch 2012: “Foroba Yelen: collective light for rural Africa”


A project of self – sufficient light for Malian villages.

“Foroba Yelen”, or “Collective Light”: this is the name that the Malian inhabitants of the agricultural area of Cenzana have given to the project of rural lighting of eLand.
A research carried out in rural communities to introduce this technology in material and spiritual heritage of a society.

Concept © eLand

The mobile lighting systems with detachable batteries at stations distributed all over the territory, are designed to be easily transported by women and children for work, educational activities and ritual practices.

Project © eLand

With sponsorship from the eLand Foundation and expertise from Nadlec Lighting and Peace Corps Mali, the project explores a combination of lighting technologies and locally available human and material resources.
The research, that will be exhibited from 21st May to 20th June at Rocca Paolina in Perugia, invests in creativity to improve the living conditions of a rural community accustomed to Moon, “made-in-China” torches and petrol lanterns.

Model © eLand

Project promoters:
eLand: research, concept, design (Matteo Ferroni, Janaina Noda Bechara, Valentina Dellavia, Claudia Parenti)
A.D.M. Faso Gniètaa: divulgation of the light (Allasane Dimbo Keita)
Tassidoni: women association from Sanogola village

Supporting partners:
Nadlec Lighting: light factory
OVNI: Documentary Archive, Barcelona
Fondation Passerelle: Mali
eLand Foundation: Svizzera

Institutional Partners:
Conseil de Cercle de Segou
Mairie de la Commune Rurale de Cinzana
Mairie de la Commune Rurale de Sansanding

Yusuke Katzura (JICA volunteer), Ruvani Fonseka and Miriam Schmidt ( Peace Corps volunteers), Dr. Aly Kouriba (Scientific director of the Institut d’Economie Rural du Mali), Abdullaye Sall (sociologist, Mali), Rokia Traoré (Mali singer song-writer), Mauro Favalli (light designer, Nadlec), Juan Salinas Roses (African art collectionist, Barcellona)


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