Its obvious in the Port au Prince refugee camps that there is an immediate gain from using one of these units. Light at night means more than education and socialization for many people it also means security. The ToughStuff
solar lamps bring added security to displaced peoples daily lives
. The effort is Haiti was aided by large NGO like ADRA, ToughStuff has a buy one fund one program as
well as the business in a box program
which can lift a family out of poverty as well as replenish a loan fund which is repaid.
Small scale solar has the potential to do more than simply save children from respiratory disorders due to indoor kerosene lamp use, more than lowering the risk of a dwelling fire considerably from the use of open flame for lights at night, more than simply provide the opportunity for people to read and study at night, more than help curtail global warming and bring money savings; the potential of the micro solar industry is also to extend the communications network by leapfrogging past electricity generation infrastructure issues and by creating a widely expanding "soft infrastructure" of people selling small amounts of power and access to phones and even eventually possibly a multitude of fabricated goods and possible information and education services.
I urge you; if you are here in the west and you enjoy summer camping or you can use one for emergency backup : consider investing in a buy one fund one toughstuff solar and lamp unit
The ToughStuff people do not appear to have a blog or facebook presence yet. I was able to join their email list and I found a few recent press articles to promote, I intend to keep up with their actiivities and hope to hear more about these fascinating social entreprenuers.