Posted October 6th 2011 at 7:33 am by
in Street Chairs

Rainy Day Chairs

Rainy Day Chair 2_small

Rainy Day Chair 1_small Yangon, Myanmar (August 2011)

Most street restaurants in Yangon use the same kid-sized plastic chairs for both their affordability and portability. Restaurant owners must insure their establishment is mobile so they can transport it home with them each day. During a particularly intense downpour, these chairs become rain-catchers. The chairs keep the rain from creating as large a splash radius when it hits the sidewalk. The chairs also help restaurant owners harvest the rainwater itself, a scarce resource in this country.

This post is part of a photographic series documenting street chairs in different cities around the world.

Photos and Post by Zach Hyman

Zach Hyman has been working internationally since he graduated in 2008 to try and understand what drives the decisions of low-income consumers. He is especially interested in using the insights he gathers to improve the marketing and distribution of goods and services tailored to this previously neglected market.

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