Brazil is full of folk sayings, one for each occasion. Half of them comes from the Bible, another half comes from the bar…So, we use to say “When life gives you lemons, make caipirinha.”
Exactly what Alfredo Moser did, a Brazilian mechanic who came up with the idea for his ‘Moser light’ during one of the frequent blackouts in his home city of Uberaba, southern Brazil in 2002. It was his boss that suggested using a plastic bottle filled with water as a lens to focus the sun’s rays on dry grass to light fires in case of an emergency and Mr Moser developed the concept into his light. He uses a plastic bottle filled with water, bleach and the principle of refraction to light up dark rooms during the day.
His invention will be fitted in over one million home by the end of the year and he is credited with transforming people’s lives in poorer countries.
He told BBC World Service: ‘It’s a divine light. God gave the sun to everyone, and light is for everyone. Whoever wants it saves money. You can’t get an electric shock from it, and it doesn’t cost a penny.’
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