Until recently, farming was not a big part of Chrispine’s life. He works in town as a professional accountant. However, the son of a mechanic, he inherited his father’s fascination with the inner workings of an apparatus. From a young age, he loved building his own machines. Recently, intrigued by the idea of creating an object that could fly, Chrispine was attempting to build a helicopter. He gathered parts from scrap metal and old milling engines he found around town. A friend from his village saw him tinkering and offered a challenge: make something that could benefit the community rather than just his own curiosity. That challenge sparked Chrispine’s desire to build a self-made tractor. After some experimentation, he succeeded.
Chrispine’s first self-made tractor, pictured below, is made of a posho milling engine. The transmission is mounted on a scrap-metal chassis with four wheels that are up-cycled car tires. This type of tractor has the ability to transform the way communities farm. What’s more, the tractor is made by up-cycling parts from older machines. Therefore, the cost to build one is very low. Additionally, because each one is made-to-order, the tractors can be tailor-made to fit the needs and desires of individual farmers.
With the help of Chrispine’s tractors, farmers in his community have become more efficient. Depending on the needs of the farmer, the tractors can help with plowing, tilling, harrowing, and planting to name a few tasks. Additionally, the tractors save farmers money (the tractor costs nearly nothing due to up-cycling of parts), can also serve as a form of transportation, and can be used to pump water.
“Being mechanically minded has been of great help to me, and my innovation could help lessen the farm work for all in our community and elsewhere,” Chrispine replied when asked about his innovation.