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Malaika / Community-based Slum Home Security System


Malaika is a system providing a product, a service and a business model that goes hand in hand to offer multiple safety features for the most vulnerable members of the slum community (smoke detector, access alert, panic button, 3-word-adresses). The product and the safety service, is bought through a low-price monthly subscription supervised by a local ‘safety warden’. This warden will be a selected member from the community who will be responsible for the set-up up and maintenance of the system. It will give the warden a sustainable income and establish a culture of empowerment, increased safety and more trust in slum communities.


Umeå Institute of Design

Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå Universtiy
Umeå, Sweden

Rebecca Daum,
Umeå Institute of Design

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