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Heading to Kabompo

Tomorrow morning I leave for Kabompo, which is where I will spend much of the next month. It is Northwestern province. Internet access is sparse, so this might be my last blog post for a while. I will try to compose offline and then when I have internet try to download everything and get it to the world.

I have been enjoying Lusaka these past few days. I like the hustle and bustle of city life. Lots of people coming and going and there is so much to do. It will be quite a contrast to where I am going. A much more remote and smaller set of communities, it will be nice to be removed from so much of the communication that seems inescapable when it is available.

I have been spending much of my time with Mark and Chiko, I am trying to learn the ins and outs of Rent-to-Own (RTO), (see tab). Yesterday, I went to a farm equipment dealer (SARO) and spent a few hours with a mechanic, I am trying to develop manuals for each of the pieces of equiptment that RTO deals with. It is a fun side project, and I have already learned a lot about water pumps, generators, de-huskers, harrows and more. I had to ask a lot of questions but Raphael (the mechanic) was amazing. This manual will hopefully be helpful to people, like me, who have very little mechanical experience. Number one rule, if a machine is making funny noises, turn it off 🙂 That and make sure there is fuel. Ha ha.

The trip to Kabompo will take until maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. I am going to visit a few places where RTO is doing very well. It will be nice to see everything in action. I definitely learn by doing.

Well, that is kind of what has been going on where I am. Hope all is well wherever you are reading this.

Smiles,

Ann

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