We continue to see how people make use of the Little Sun lamps. The second story I would like to relate did not happen to me personally, but to my friend, and the co-founder of Little Sun, engineer Frederik Ottesen:
Frederik was travelling east of Addis Ababa on the way to the city of Awasa in a car and stopped in villages in the countryside to talk to people. He spoke to an elderly man in front of his house in the small town of Atebella. Frederik asked him if he would mind taking five minutes to talk about Little Sun. They exchanged a few considerations while Frederik explained how the lamp could be charged.
After a few minutes, the man, who gets up every night at four o’clock in the dark to milk his only cow, which contributes to keeping the family of three, with two young adults, together. The man said,
It is not a bad idea to bring a light for milking the cow, but, to be honest, I can do that very well blindfolded. But what I can tell you,
and he leaned over to Frederik,
It’s something of a more private nature, I have grown elderly, I am close to sixty, and my big problem is that I have to go to the toilet at night. So, before going to the cow, I always go to the toilet. It’s a very personal matter for me, but my biggest fear at the moment is that on the way to the toilet, I might fall on my way to the toilet and break my leg or a hip. If I did so, our family would fall apart.
So the lamp, in my case, would of course assist me on my way to the cow, but, more importantly, it would give me safety on the way to the toilet at night.