When we find the Kagame family house the door is closed and nobody is at home. Within a minute we are greeted by others who come rushing! A small old woman appears and opens up the door to the house. This is the great grandmother. Bent back, lively eyes and a big friendly smile! Maryam soon comes with her two children.

As we are greeted into the house we sit down on the floor, and the great grandmother starts to tell her story. She has been working as a midwife all her life, without a formal education. Now she is retired but is still called in when there are complicated cases. She was born in the time British colonial time. When she was young she was hurt by a falling coconut, which made her back bad. Others told hernot to put strain on the back but that was an advice she could never follow.

-How can one not work. Someone needs to carry things, and take care of the house.

We are proceeding to talk with Mariam. Her husband Abdi has gone to Zanzibar to work. Here in Tanga, Abdi fishes, buth fishing does not give any serious money. In Zanzibar he can make some money to bring to the house, selling to tourists. When at home, Abdi also works in the home as a private teacher for people who needs to learn more. This is mostly evening classes for adults.

Others told us that this is a very good family, with a real responsible father. In this village it is too common for children to be left behind, not only by fathers but also mothers. So the grandparents get to take care of the children.

We ask Rafael about his views about this.

  • Sometimes I feel that it’s only we Maasai that takes the responsibility of marriage seriously! It’s terrible how these people behave!

Now we enter into serious test discussions. Linda asks if they filled in the test. We see a perfect user report with statistics for each day. The family has used the HiLight every day for two weeks, putting it out in the sun at around 8 in the mornings and letting it charge until late afternoon. At night they switched on the light around 20:00 and then keep the light on until sunrise.

Maryam has been taking responsibility for the testing. Rafaels interviews her in Swahili. A neighbor comes in and asks what is going on. Rafael tells that we now have three tribes in the room; Wadigi, Maasai and Mzungu.

-Generally this is very good. We used it for both light and charging. I have been moving the HiLight around to fit best to the position of the sun. People were bringing me phones to charge. Unfortunately our HiLight did not work to charge phones, but otherwise I could have made some money on that function. I am very grateful to be part of this test, even thoughthe HiLight did not work perfectly.

Off to the Tanga Yacht Club where we reconnect with Sture Teir, one of the three Swedes in the Tanga area. Sture moved to Tanga six years ago when he was looking for a warmer place where his health could be better. In the cold of Sweden he gets serious back aches. In Tanzania he is well, and with a Swedish pension he can live well. He has already married a local woman, Ellen.

When seeing the HiLight when we were in Tanga last time he got very enthusiastic, and he became a tester. In this role he used it on the boat, fishing and with tourist, when hunting and having it as an emergency light in his car. For him, light and charging is equally important.

It is a hot day, the hottest day yet. I escape from the interview to the cooler water. After a good late lunch at the Yacht Club we return to TICC. After dinner, Rafael brings Linda and Kristina out in the darkness of the streets in Tanga to explore the sales stands along the road. I stay at the center, talking about the future of the Metafari and other project with Ruth Nesje.

And then it’s the last goodnight here in Tanga for me.

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