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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Study the Trail – HA!

Today our dear guide Florence – about 100 lbs of warmth and charm and smarts – picks us up at our Kenyan home – the Thompson Falls Lodge and we are going to walk into Nyahururu Town to visit Mina’s property management company, Patrick’s print shop, David’s cyber café and Elisha’s Milk Bar. Elisha also […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Mile 11 – Is this the Wall?

Theme lyric of the moring: “Good Morning, good morning, How I hate to stay up late. Good Morning, good morning to you.” Stayed up until 2A typing blog entries and up at 530A for a last game drive. Coffee was great, a needed boost to compensate for the lack of sleep. Second week, Monday June […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – The Day Heaven Met Earth

Simon, my first and most likely only tent butler, brings Mandy and I hot chocolate and cookies at our 7A wake up call. He recommends that we eat them inside because monkeys like cookies – smart monkeys. He also shows us how to tie up our tent zipper so we don’t get monkey looters when […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Are We Together? and What a Wonderful World!

Quote of the Morning: “Are my employees just cows to be milked?” Lawrence Musili, General Manager of the Thomson Falls Lodge. Lawrence spoke to our students today. He spoke of taking the harder but honest room. You see, Kenya administration is rather ‘Blagoarchy’ and tips are common – but not with Lawrence. As a successful […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Morning Routine

I have been on many business trips, but none like this. It’s chilly in the room when I wake up, but the heavy wool blanket and down duvet has kept we warm all night. It’s not the chill that wakes me during the night, it’s the dogs barking at the roaming hippos or its one […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Wake Up Call

Three words about our site visits to the five student businesses over the last two days. Wow. Wow. Wow. We got to visit: ?James’ bike rental and repair shop in Rhumuruti ?Joseph’s micro lending business, three barber shops and public service theater youth group in Maina ?Diana’s hair salon in Nyahururu Town ?Hilary and Susan’s […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – What’s In the Woodpile?

We have fireplaces in the rooms because there is no central heat and after the fireman comes – usually one of the marathon trainers that train around here because of the altitude – to light the fire, I go down to the wood pile underneath the stairs to get extra wood to keep the fire […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – My Joanna

I have to give the entrepreneurial persistence award to Joanna. Within the first hour of being at Thompson Falls, she approached me and asked if I wanted to see her shop up the hill.  I told her I would come, but I was going to visit the falls with my friends.  Upon walking back up […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Okay, so what is with the sugar prices?

In group discussions with Naomi, a shopkeeper, we talk about sugar prices and how when the wholesale price drops, she has to drop her prices.  We talked about getting together with other shopkeepers to buy in bulk or when the price drops from the supplier, buying more so she can expand her profit margin, – […]

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Day 4 – Part One – Here Come the Mzungu*

Tomorrow we go on our first site visits – two teams will travel the region to see 6 businesses total, discuss how they are doing, what new tactics they are adopting because of the training, what questions they have and get a better understanding of their businesses. Unfortunately my calendar transferred all my Chicago time […]

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