Once again it has been entirely too long since I have written anything. The normalcy and busyness of everyday life have prevented me from blogging more and I apologize. Things are still going well in Kenya. I’ve registered my company, ordered a container of water filters, and am in the process of getting a work visa. It’s crazy that just two months ago I was working at Paradigm and everything has changed s much. Once in a while I have a minor panic-moment when I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing here and worry that everything will fail but most of the time I’m excited about these opportunities and know that I’m in the right place. Even if I fail I will have tried and I believe that’s the most important thing.
Over the last few days I traveled to Nakuru and Eldoret in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. There was an agricultural trade show in Nakuru on Wednesday so I went with some guys from Paradigm and Affirm Kenya (who I have a part-time job with) to demonstrate some products. Farmers generally don’t speak English and my conversational Swahili was fairly useless when describing combustion chambers on stoves so I decided to buy some wood and demonstrate the product. Buying wood turned into more of an adventure than I had imagined. No one sold it in town, so they told me to drive to a smaller village where they still use wood to cook their meals. The village didn’t even sell it so I drove further into the bush to a person’s farm and had them chop wood for me. I’m sure a white guy driving in the bush by himself looking for firewood was quite a sight indeed.
On Thursday Isaac (my partner in the chili pepper business) and I drove to Eldoret to meet with a lady running a chili pepper export business. She wasn’t around the first night though so we stayed on a farm with Isaac’s friend who lives in a two-room hut and farms. It was a cool experience until the rooster started crowing at 3:00 AM and wasn’t about to go back to sleep. I suppose that’s part of the farm experience. Our meeting on Friday was successful (they want us to grow another variety of chili on our farm) and we headed back for our 5-hour bus ride to Nairobi. It’s beautiful country of there with rolling hills, forests and plains, and it’s always good to get out of the city. Check out some of my pictures below.