At first glance, the bright light red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives.
While cooking oil, and firstaid supplies, Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of canned food, toilet paper.
Solar panels on the roof power wireless Internet and a television, for the occasional soccer game. Coke calls it a Ekocenter.
Created primarily by ‘CocaCola’ and Deka Research and Development, the New Hampshire company founded by inventor Dean Kamen, the container is meant to be a kind of downtown in a box.