What do you do to “get by” in life, not surviving life itself, but rather handling those little jobs when you don’t have the proper part or tool to do it right. I think this is the main purpose for duct tape. In Africa a lot of time and creative energy is spent “getting by.” There are many instances where you don’t have to part to fix something, cannot buy the right part or tool, or simply cannot afford to buy it. The latter is the case for many African’s. The picture above is a classic example of “getting by.” How am I going to plug in my light when the electrical socket is missing and the nearest one is a 30 minute drive on a very rough road? As you can see from the picture the answer is simple, just connect the bare wires to the plug. You can find something like this in many Nigerian homes. The more common example is to put bare wires into the electrical socket.
There are many other creative ways to get by; binding wire is especially useful in holding your car together, string and rope also work well. Old inner tubes are another great tool to fix leaks in pipes and holding things together. In Kenya they used them to hold together leaf springs on a trailer. During tough economic times the creative means of “getting by” grow by leaps and bounds. What are some ways you are “getting by?”