How is it already November??

Hello from Dar! It is getting very hot here and things are picking up! We’re very busy and can’t believe that it’s already the beginning of November! Here is what we’ve been up to!

We ran the Dar es Salaam half marathon a few weeks ago and both did very well despite the fact that it was blazing hot by 8:30 AM! It was a fun event and it’s safe to say that we relaxed for the rest of the day.

Sophie in the half marathon

Sophie in the half marathon

Monique in the half marathon

Monique in the half marathon

We also visited Salum’s house (he works in our building doing handy-man tasks) and had tea with his mother, sister, brother and some friends. Only 15 minutes by bus out of town, it was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city!

Sophie with Salum's Family

Sophie with Salum’s Family

Monique with Salum's Family

Monique with Salum’s Family

Our work lives are also very busy! We participated in the Oyster Bay Farmers Market and it was a big hit for our farmers. We sold 500 eggs, tons of broccoli, peppers, cabbages and chips. We are now signed up for 2 farmers markets this month!

Flyer of the Farmers Market

Flyer of the Farmers Market

We also had the first event in our Lecture Series where John Kagaruki (founder of Nuru Infocomm) spoke and some great connections were made!

2Seeds' October 28th Lecture Series Flyer

2Seeds’ October 28th Lecture Series Flyer

We helped with a big sale of cabbages from Lutindi and are now pros at welcoming in the early morning trucks and negotiating good prices!

Lutindi's farmers selling in KMC

Lutindi’s farmers selling in KMC

The map of the basement is being finished – each seller (659!) is submitting the crops he sells and his telephone number. Below is a map of every stall in the basement of the market.

Map of the basement of Kariakoo Market

Map of the basement of Kariakoo Market

In the next post we’ll have some more information on the collection of data that our statistician, Henry, is doing. Hopefully with a new and improved method!

We have some exciting new projects in the works so stay tuned and we’ll be sure to update you soon!

Best,

Monique and Sophie

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