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.

Cotonou Student Builds Low-Cost Computers Out of Jerrycans

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.