- Start production July 1st at the very latest
- Assign study subjects to each distribution centre and formalize procedure with the distribution centres
- Assess customer reactions
Date: Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6
Quote of the day: You never appreciate what you have.
Friday was AMAZING. It was our first real day in the kitchen and we met 12 of the Yogurt Mamas who are volunteering to produce and distribute the yogurt. They are all family and belong to a community group called the Orande Women's Group. Two of the women who had travelled to Tanzania for training did a demonstration on the yogurt production process. Many of the women do not speak English very well but they were all very welcoming and I am excited to get to know them better over the next 3 months.
For the remainder of the day Jen and I grilled Roy with questions to assess the current situation at hand and to decide on the necessary tasks which must be completed before production begins. Everyday Roy has been reminding us of the many challenges that exist and the urgency of getting this project up and running. One of the most difficult challenges arises from the obligation to complete the required tasks set out in the project proposal 2 years ago. Unfortunately a lot of these tasks are unnecessary and simply impeding the process of starting production. As well it is a ridiculously long and complex process to obtain the funds from Western Heads East and this is causing many problems with purchasing necessary supplies and raw materials.
In summary...there are many challenges that must be overcome before we can start production and this is not a simple task. Doing business in Kenya is completely different, a lot slower, and things just do not go as planned. We are working hard to ensure that this project will not fail because it is truly incredible and there are a lot of very committed people who are going to make it work. :)
On Saturday we pretty much went over our main goals and objectives for the next couple weeks:
- Their perception of the product
- Random informal surveys
- Poster campaign, in-field marketing
- Design business cards/packaging material
We went on another really nice beautiful walk around Oyugis. This time Roy took us to explore some other parts of the village. It is absolutely beautiful...I never want to leave this place!
Most memorable moments:
- Probably the funniest thing ever! We crack up every time he says it...he's catching on and doesn't wanna say it anymore.
Greatest learning experiences about Kenya: