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Kate’s Kenya Journal – The Long and Winding Road

At the end of a long and dusty road is nirvana. We took a 7 hour ride from Nyharuru to the Masai Mara game reserve in southern Kenya – right on the border to Tanzania today. The first one hour was a bit rugged, the middle three hours were sweet, flat highway, the next one […]

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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 – Backstage Pass

 It is a privilege to be here.  If we can help one person be more successful – and success can be as little as making $100 a month – then they can have an easier life and teach another 10 people – we can help change entire communities. I hope the people in these villages, […]

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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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Day 3 – Part Two – Untaken Pictures

The Untaken Pictures: The Welcoming Committee and The Pink Lady Kenya’s photo ops extend in every direction and well beyond the boundaries of the game reserves.  But some photos I choose not to take out of respect. I have the image in my head of the area just outside of baggage claim at the airport […]

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