Yesterday, Tally and I met with Moses, and Hilda to discuss the pigs and goats!    Currently, there are nine groups of women raising goats.  We bought 45 goats March of 2016.    This year the goats were bred and 18 kids survived.  These will be passed on to the next groups following the same rota as we did with the pigs.  3 kids died and one adult goat died.  When we go to the villages this week, will enquirer as to how the goats died.  Hyenas got two kids.  The women then strengthened the pens.

There are 45 women raising goats.

PIGS –  There has been a disease affecting pigs in Tanzania, so all pig farmers are banned from exporting them.  They may sell locally though. The ban should be lifted soon at which time the women can go back to selling to the processors in Dar es Salaam.

Next Saturday, Tally, Hilda, Musa, and a goat man and I,will go out and buy 48 goats.  We go in a large truck, into the bush where farmers who raise goats live.

SOLAR ~    “Women in Light” Today, Sunday, we had a meeting with Ruth Mbennah, the woman at CCT who handles women’s issues.  She will be our contact for the solar projects.  Hilda, who heads up the Women’s Empowerment Project already has her hands full with managing that and being the Dean of the College.  Next week, Ruth will connect with the representatives at AEG International in Dar es Salaam (whom Tally and I met with this past Wednesday).  They will determine when to ship the kits to Dodoma, and Ruth will choose villages where to place the kits.  The emphasis will be on homes with two or more children that are attending school so that they can do their homework with decent lighting.  Unlike the pig or goat project, Karimu will be giving the kits for a small fee to women.  The kits are $200 and Ruth will come up with a cost which will be fair, probably the monthly cost they pay for Kerosene, batteries, etc.  The women can make small change by charging other people’s mobile phones on their FireFlies.

That is it for now, Jessie

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Dodoma.  we will be buying 48 goats next week.  much to tell – but must go.  Jessie

The first night here, we ate dinner with Hilda and her family, last night with Mary and Robert at their home.  Much discussion of the improvements Megafuli, the President of TZ has made.  We first noticed how clean Dar es Salaam was and how much new construction was going on.  Robert told us about the massive clean up he has been doing in government and business.  He went after what they call “ghost workers”, people on the payroll who do not exist.  They are either dead or have moved on, or in some cases were invented.  This went on all throughout the country. He has also prosecuted business men who were taking illegal profits.  In addition to all that, he has had all the colleges and schools go through accreditation.  Before, this was required, but generally ignored.  These institutions have a year to get themselves corrected.

Today, I got up early and had a good, fast walk!  Been doing too much sitting on planes,cars, and chairs.  Tally and I will go to town (Dodoma, to shop for provisions, and most importantly, see Moses’ new office.

We will meet with Moses and Hilda today to discuss the projects.

Have a good day! Jessie

Here we are back in the place we have become to call our second home.

We were so happy to see Seche, our first house girl in 2008.  At that time she worked with Baby Jane on her back.  Jane is in her 9th year.  Seche makes the most delicious bread.  Jane has changed but Seche has not.

While waiting for our luggage many called out to us~ BIBI.  Grandmother!  There is no hiding gray hair!  As Jessie wrote we are having a quiet day to recover from quite an arduous journey.

We have already shown the Fire Fly to several people ~ all are amazed.

Moses will arrive tomorrow (Friday) just for a few days but we will learn more about our goat shopping.  That might happen on Saturday.

Rev. Canon Hilda looks wonderful and treated us to a fine meal last night.

She is just finishing a large conference with the bishop and spouses of clery in this diocese.  Tally is learning to use this new apple MacBook Air.

We arrived in Dodoma last evening at 8:30.  Much nuisance with the flight from Addis Ababa, a three hour delay in an airport with much construction, so we sat listening the jack hammering, ugh.  When we finally boarded, se flew on a beautiful, new Air Bus, but not to Dar es Salaam, rather to some island south of Dar where they speak French.  Cannot think of the name just yet, but it will come.  We were there for an hour, then took off for Dar.  We missed our appointment at 4:00 with the AEG International people as we didn’t arrive at the hotel until 9:15.

Went to the bar and got something to help us sleep and some food, collapsed into bed and slept 12 hours.  The Southern Sun is the hotel we have stayed in for the past 8 years upon arriving in Tanzania.  Same people there who have become familiar with these old ladies, and take good care of us.  It is a beautiful hotel and give us luxury after traveling two days.

We met with two representatives from AEG, very sharp women who will send 40 kits to Dodoma so we can begin the solar project.

Flew on a small plane to Dodoma, Musa met us at the airport, we then had another wait as our luggage came up by bus from Dar.  Got some food shopping done, back to the bus station, got all our bags, then to Msalato.  There is now a paved road to Msalato, wow, beautiful and shortened the ride.  We were met at the Guest House by Seche, the house girl we have had since the beginning.  She had everything ready – more food than we can eat, especially dozens of fresh eggs!  Bananas, other fruit and bread.  We had dinner at Rev. Hilda’s house, then fell into bed at 11:00.

Today is an easy day of recovering and getting organized.  Photos to come next.  Jessie

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