By: Mike Sherry.
I visited Kenya in early May with Paul Evans, the latest additional to our board of directors, and Mike Hamblin, Chairman of the Mwezi Foundation.
The first workshop in Likoni is up and running. The workshop is run by Elizabeth Chibwara, our Community Field Officer (CFO) supported by John Kiraihira, Solar PV Technician. Elizabeth has done an amazing job visiting often very remote communities to tell them our plans and demonstrate our products – and sell a few! Community feedback has been really positive – people like the products and feel much more comfortable buying when they know we have a local after sales support. John has been working hard installing solar products for customers and fixing a few issues – like rat damaged cables!
Village meeting in the Shimba Hills
Day one in Likoni Paul, Mike, Teddy, Jack, Elizabeth and I attended a village meeting in the Shimba Hills which was supposed to take 45 minutes but took 3 hours each way. Mike Hamblin bravely took the steering wheel into the unknown and with only one slight mishap (photo above!), we attended a successful meeting. The area chief then took us to the local primary school where The Mwezi Foundation donated two home solar systems. The systems will be used to light two dormitories for disabled children.
Training our Field Sales Agents
Day two in Likoni we attended and participated in the training of 12 Field Sales Agents (FSAs), pictured below. We took the FSAs through a structured sales process, explained the benefits of each product and their function. The FSAs now give us presence in some of the most rural areas around Likoni, the majority of whom are without mains electricity.
We are really pleased with the progress in Likoni and sales are building month on month. The FSAs are starting to sell products and earn an additional income.