Poultry farmer

Stig Bakala picking up the eggs

The son of the house, Stig, turned 18 last Saturday and we congratulated him on his birthday with a gift. He and his sister Signe has school holidays because of the imminent Easter. They are free for two weeks. Stig will be graduating from secondary school next year and Signe is a few years younger. At seven o’clock every day Stig feeds the hens before going to school. There are 132 hens. He also gathers the eggs from the nests, about 100 eggs a day. Stig is not just a high school student, he is also a poultry farmer.

In the mornings, we prepare the classes that will take place the same afternoon. Today we only had two hours to prepare instead of three. Because it is Saturday, the participants wanted a shorter session. Some of them were going to a concert in the Baobab Church later in the afternoon. We will continue the course two more days next week. Today, we went through the business plan, how the free market works and the concept of win-win. When win-win works, it creates long-term business relationships. We had 29 participants today, a little less than earlier. Yesterday there was 35 of them.

Unfortunately, Yapecos car broke down when we were on our way home. We had to leave it in town. Instead, Yapeco got us a taxi. When the taxi driver saw that there were two mundele together with the two ndombe, he demanded a higher sum of money for the ride, at least the double of the normal fee. Pure discrimination. There are no reasons concerning the actual taxi ride for the extra charge when there are mundeles in the car. The car does not consume more fuel, for instance. When Yapeco had explained this to the driver, he accepted the reasoning and we paid exactly 800 FC per person. Eventually, we got home.

Bernt ran into the same phenomenon when he were buying bananas today. The seller asked for a much higher price than Bernt usually pay for bananas, and Bernt asked him about that through our interpreter. The seller responded that mundele can afford the high price, thus the bananas are expensive. That being said, the deal was done. In this business relationship, we could see a win-lose effect.

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  1. Så intressant att följa era äventyr! I Skara önskar vi att du – gärna även Bernt – kommer till oss i vår och diskuterar -er och vår – strategi för projektet i Congo Brazzaville. Hör av dej Yngve när dun kommer åter till Sverige.
    Idag firar vi min fru Cajas födelsedag!
    Vi hörs

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