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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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Day 3 – Part One – Night Music – Monday, June 20

Stayed warm last night and wake to fireplace embers still glowing.  I slept in fits and starts and know I will adapt to the night music of dogs and birds and hippos.  The hippos walk around at night and the pack of dogs up at the orphanage up the hill go crazy.  Not just the […]

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Day 2 – Part Two – The Road to Nyahururu – Sunday June 19

After a hearty breakfast of toast, fresh fruit and sausage, time to pack and head off on and telephone safari – much more scary than elephants on a Sunday morning.  Tracking the illusive Safaricom phone.   Sunday is definitely not a good time for phone shopping.  At our third stop we tracked down phones at a […]

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Day Two – Part One – Waking Up in Africa

Day 2:  Waking up in Africa Sunday June 19 It might be 608A or 708A as I am still a bit muddled on the time zone and the operation of this throwaway digital wrist watch, but the neighborhood rooster tells me to get up.  I am normally a fussy sleeper, needing ambient light, temperature and […]

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Day 1 – Part Two – Amsterdam and Beyond

Touchdown, take a good walk through the airport with Mandy – stop for syrup waffles – a round wafer soft cookie with a honey filling – a very good Dutch treat.  Even better with the hot chocolate that we get at the gate. Another round of security and no water allowed in the secure gate […]

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Day 1 – Chicago to Amsterdam – Kate’s Trip to Kenya

I love travel The possibility of travel The puzzle The prep The plan The seeing The doing The happenstance of who you meet.  Like the nice Czech guy who put my suitcase into the overhead and told me I was dressed too nice (meaning I was a target) – that I looked American.  And of […]

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