In Gamboula, Central African Republic, a grateful user writes:
Outside of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, this entire country uses kerosene lamps and wood fires. It is not uncommon to see people carrying a carrying a flaming bundle of sticks of wood as a sort of torch as they walk home at night. Those with a flashlight will flash it on and off, then walk as far as they remembered seeing before flashing it on and off again. It’s all about saving the energy in that battery (the batteries here are awful). The big fear around here is not tripping – it’s stepping on a snake.
As far as lighting in the home — most folks get home by around 5:30, when it gets dark. They get the cookfires going in front of their houses and huddle around them as a family to get warmth and light. If they managed to save a little extra money for kerosene, then they light a lamp inside the house that allows them to move around and prepare supper – if not, all the activities of the night are done by the light of cook fire. People rarely use flashlights at home – probably because the danger of snakes is reduced on your home turf.
The BoGo solar flashlight is amazing. It seems to soak up energy even when we forget to put it outside! That may not be the case – it may just be holding its charge well. In fact, it has been the perfect thing for helping with our baby. We can leave it on to provide her with comfort long after the generator is turned off.