Monday, October 1, 2012

Tough Stuff

The social enterprise Tough Stuff produces solar powered solutions for those who live without electricity. In Madagascar that means 90% of the households, including many in the cities.

The company's Chief Technical guy is a Dutch guy named Adriaan Mol (not the one from the children's books :-) who used to live in Madagascar.

I puchased the litlle light recently, to try it out. It comes with a small solar pad to be put in the sun for 8 hours, et power.

They say the Tough Stuff is 'incassable', indistructable Had to see that for myself. So...
  1. we tried to break it with a hammer
  2. I rolled over it with my car
  3. I made a serious effort to drown it. 
And guess what?

It's true! After being mistreated for an entire morning, Tough Stuff keeps shining like never before. 

Took a while to convince our gardener...but he tried!

A scratch on the back is the only damage.

Tyre marks still on it...

Drown baby, drown...

Rise and shine!

P.s. I recently bought a Nixon Coolpix AW 100 that is supposed to be waterproof, shock proof, bush proof, freezeproof, sandproof. I am tempted.


  1. Tough Stuff could be featured on the TV show Mythbusters.

    A Malagasy reader

  2. Curious if this is affordable to 90% of Malagasy households? Olivier

  3. Good question! The pad plus light are widely for sale for 35,000 Ariary (if I remember well) which is 12 Euro. This is pretty expensive but definately not unaffordable - specially considering the cost savings people can have on the medium/long term. The issue is however that many rural people are a little reluctant to change or I am afraid it has not reached 90% of people yet. Time will tell...

  4. so very cool!!! we are totally getting some of those!

  5. Dear Susanne

    Thanks very much for showing us this light.

    But how much did it cost and where can we get in Zimbabwe. I am
    asking cause it looks like its a quality light. Electricity is a
    problem I dont' about yours that side.

    Even water is a problem now in Bulawayo because of the rains.



  6. Hi...this is rajaram from Solarway. We are planning to enter Madagascar with our solar lights and mobile chargers...could you suggest any strong distributors to reach rural people...regards/raj rajaram (at) Solarway (dot) com