Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Look! My mom, Yasuko, found this in a small village in Laos. Several plastic bottles containing yellow and red liquid are kept in a little wooden hut. What are they for?

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The red liquid is gasoline, and the yellow one is diesel fuel. These are used for motorbikes and “village tractors.” This village is located in a very remote area. When villagers go to an urban area, they ride a motorbike. When they get around in the village, they drive a “village tractor.” A petrol station like the one you find in a city is not available in the village. Therefore, somebody who bought gasoline or petrol in a city nearby started the “village petrol station.” Inconvenience and necessity in the rural area made the villager invent the petrol station. How creative!

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