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Manufacturing, Handicraft, and Process Industries

Many people in the world are involved in micro and small scale enterprises (MSEs) manufacturing equipment and producing goods, often as a family based activity or small group on a semi-formal basis. These micro and small scale enterprises typically include small metal workshops, woodworking, textile production, consumer products and repair shops. They support other economic developments such as agricultural production and processing, using small scale equipment.

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Metalworking and Blacksmithing

There are many simple techniques and approaches that can help people make better metal products.

Mining and Mineral Industries

Small-scale mining is labour intensive but it provides a source of income to a large number of men and women in...

Pottery and Ceramics

As a craft based activity pottery activities can be employed to make a wide range of products including the...

Textiles

Small-scale textiles and fabric manufacture is still an important income generating activity for many rural...

Wood and Bamboo

Woodworking and processing of bamboo enable a large range of products to be made from toys to elements in buildings....

General Resources

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Appropriate Paper-Based Technology

  • fact sheet
  • English

There are many ways of making things out of waste paper and card, but they are not usually referred to as technology.

Bevill Packer, Published by Appropriate Technology Journal on 12/01/95

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Candlemaking

  • fact sheet
  • English

This technical brief outlines the basics of candlemaking on a small scale looking as the process, the materials...

Robert Aley, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/08

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Costume Jewellery Making in Bangladesh

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  • Bangla

Practical Answers: Costume Jewellery Making in Bangladesh

Published by Practical Action Bangladesh on 04/16/14

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Design for a Simple Effective Baby Incubator

  • fact sheet
  • English

This baby incubator was the result of a search for a cheap simple and safe design suitable for Mvumi Hospital in...

Dr. Peter Bolliger, Published by Practical Action on 02/18/13

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Making Small Paint Brushes

  • fact sheet
  • English

There are three types of paint brushes suitable for small-scale manufacture, each using similar materials and...

Bob Spencer, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/02

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Manufacturing The Donkey Cart and Ambulance

  • fact sheet
  • English

This document outlines some of the issues in making a donkey cart and a doneky cart ambulance.

Published by Practical Action Sudan on 01/01/08

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Paper Making

  • fact sheet
  • English

Paper making is a good example of how small industry can be developed to make use of local resources and cater for...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 01/03/10

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Soap Making

  • fact sheet
  • English

This Technical Brief describes the procedures needed to make a variety of simple soaps and includes a number of...

Tony Swetman, Published by Practical Action on 11/02/08

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Publications from Practical Action Publishing

Candlemaking for Profit
This book includes instructions on how to determine the feasibility of a candlemaking business, and advises on essential business planning.

Small-scale Papermaking
This is a technical handbook to assist small-scale producers with alternative production techniques - to help them choose and apply those techniques which are most appropriate to local socio-economic conditions.

Made in Africa
This book examines the pros and cons of the local production of carpentry hand-tools as opposed to their importation.

Managing Resources
The first three books of this series cover research, planning and pretesting of material, the design and production of artwork, and information about different printing processes.

Planning the Project
This is the first in a series of four related books. It deals with the thinking, planning and preparation that should take place before production of material begins. Whatever kind of material it is, it will take time and money.
 

 

 

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