Muther al-Qassas – Taxi driver turns inventor
Due to the eight year siege on Gaza, Palestinians are prevented from importing basic commodities such as gas and fuel. As a result, the people of Gaza cannot warm their homes, cook or use vehicles to travel freely.
Muther al-Qassas is a taxi driver from Gaza City and the fuel shortages were severely affecting his livelihood. Muther decided to tackle this head on by working with some electronic gadgets he had stored in his workshop on the roof of his home. After several months, Muther succeeded in building Gaza’s first electric car. The car itself is entirely made out of recycled materials, including a wooden frame and tyres taken from an old wheelbarrow.
Muther is just one example of incredible Palestinian resilience despite all the odds, he hopes to continue creating inventions in the future, including a solar powered car.