Sunday, June 14, 2009

All the Possibilities

We have been in Kenya for over 3 weeks now. We have been keeping busy, and this past weekend we were able to visit Masai Mara. We were joined by our professor in the GSSE program—Dr. Rick Turley and it has been so much fun to have someone new to talk to and share our experiences with.
Last week we finished visiting households who have been using BSFs as a part of the part of the SUMAWA study. From these experiences we have been able to understand what the current users of the BSF in the Njoro region think of their BSF and how they use it. We are grappling with the idea that we are taking this project from the research phase into enterprise implementation. It’s quite exciting, but it is a little frustrating as we try to learn what has been done and how to move forward.
Tomorrow we have a meeting with the men and women who have been primarily trained as technicians and sale associates. We are hoping to present with them our ideas on moving this enterprise forward, and we are hoping to get important feedback from the constituents in regards to their experiences and expectations. We are also hoping to install three BSFs at a secondary school in Teret.
We have been entertaining the staff at the Egerton University hotel with our odd eating habits and our strange requests. One waiter in particular always replies to our requests—“It is very possible, for you very possible.” This has become a mantra on our team and we are also able to see that our project’s viability as an income generator and possible enterprise here in Njoro is—very possible indeed.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny
matters compared to what lies within us."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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