One of our Ugandan colleagues documented a customer testimony for us. Here is the transcription…
“Before acquiring lumi solar lamps, we were using paraffin lanterns but we would often have flue that would affect our family members sneezing hard sometimes with black stuff coming out of their nose which worries me.
Since the presence of these lumi lamps, we have seen a lot of changes, no sneezing and the lamps are bright enough. We even used it the other day for catching white ants at night.
These lamps have helped me so much with my family; we have both the small and big one. Now I can light both children’s house and ours but also we do not have to taking our phones to the neighbours for charging like the way we use to do. My children are using the big one because they have to be reading their books!
When I compare these lamps with buying paraffin, this is better. We don’t have to walk longer distances like to Opit market to buy paraffin and we pay slowly slowly which is good for us…we don’t use much money per week since we can charge our phones at home and don’t buy paraffin anymore and you people also come around our homes.”
I thought you all may like to hear a testimony, but also to read some Ugandan-English and learn a few cultural things.
The “white ants” that the customer is referring to are actually flying termites that swarm around this time of year, when rainy season starts. People collect these ants and eat them. Typically they are mashed into something like a meatball and cooked. No…Jesse and I have not tried them yet. Here is a picture of them at our house.
Also, “slowly, slowly” is a very common phrase in East Africa. Most people speak Luo here and it is said, “mot, mot”. It is a very helpful phrase! Especially when people ask us if we are learning Luo.
My father visited during the second half of April and we had a great time! My next post will likely be about that.
We have continued working on the new product designs, gathering customer feedback for test products, and will attend a solar training in Kampala this week.
Jesse may have a short trip to Nairobi soon for a Pay-as-you-go solar in Africa conference. Which will be the first time one of us is in Uganda without the other since we moved here.
URGENT PRAYER NEED:
Jesse still does not have his final work permit. He has been able to get temporary passes up until this time while his work permit application is under review. Immigration laws have changed here in the last few months, and we have been told that his current temporary pass is the last one that they will give him. It expires in June and there is no sign of his work permit being approved any time soon. Please pray that Jesse receives his work permit before June.
Thank you for following along with us and please let us know how we can be praying for you!
~Rachel (& Jesse) Geiger