#552 — Fifty Years of Changes in Kenya

Kenyan children in 1968. A few weeks ago I was in the café in Eldoret and there were a large number of foreigners with T-shirts saying “African Volunteer” and the Citibank logo. I got into a conversation with a few of them. I found out that they were from many foreign countries and volunteering for a month on enhancing small-scale READ MORE

#550 — Off-Grid Solar in Kenya

Introduction: I have been writing articles for a webpage called CleanTechnica. You can access it at https://cleantechnica.com/. On April 27 they posted my second article for them as “Off-Grid Solar in Kenya.” You can read the article on their webpage at https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/27/off-grid-solar-in-kenya/. The advantage is that you can scroll down to the bottom and read the comments. I have also READ MORE

#549 — Rural Kenyans are not Capitalists

The three kiosks owned by Lumakanda Friends Church. Rural Kenyans in Lumakanda are not capitalists. According to Wikipedia capitalism is defined as “an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit.” A certain amount of money is invested in an activity with the expectation that the activity will return more money READ MORE

#548 — The Fifty Shilling Note

This 50/- (50 US cents) note was given to me in Lumakanda for change. Note how dirty it is and that it has been taped together where it was torn. The note says that it was part of the 10th July 2009 issue so it may have been around in circulation for almost nine years. Most of the 50/- and READ MORE

#546 — Mitumba, Second-Hand Clothes

A nice second-hand store in Lumakanda. Note that the owner (pictured) has added shoes, suitcases, and plastic buckets to her inventory. When I went to college, my good parents bought me a new suit. When I got there I found out that I had to wear a coat and tie at every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I thought it would READ MORE

#544 — Climate Change: Floods and Droughts

Here is a picture from the cyclone in Mozambique. I have no idea how these people on the roof are getting food and water. About 835 square miles of homes and fields were underwater. Rescue efforts were totally inadequate since these countries were unprepared for this magnitude of disaster. Cyclone Idai Photo by Paandu Update on Fundraiser for Peter Serete’s READ MORE