Friday Night Handicraft Hours

Friday night in Berlin…parties, concerts, movies, theatre, restaurants, bars…the list of options is long. So obviously Julie would be doing one of those things. Maybe…

But maybe she did something else. Who knows…well, have a look at this:

40 sample bags in total
Our Moringa samples πŸ™‚

Doesn’t look like any of the things we mentioned above. Instead of spending a night out Julie stayed home and prepared sample bags of Moringa powder that has been produced in Chinkonono Village.

When Bruni was there our team went to the moringa plantations to bring in the first harvest of moringa leaves.

The PAF crew with our first moringa harvest
The PAF crew with our first moringa harvest

 

Lots of the leaves were given to families for food. But parts of the harvest was put out to dry. It took about 2 days for them to be dry and ready to be pounded into powder.

Drying the Moringa leaves
Drying the Moringa leaves

 

It is amazing how pure and nice the powder turned out to be. So when Bruni came back from Zambia she had a bag of Moringa powder with her, roughly 1kg. What to do with a kg of moringa powder? Right…keep some for personal use and pack the rest into sample bags to hand them to small shops who might be interested and see if they would want to sell them.

So today Julie designed the labels and printed and cut them. After that it was about filling about 25g into each bag before completing the labels (more cutting and glueing and handicraft work) and attaching them to the sample bags. Long night that definitely required some patience and skills πŸ˜‰

 

But honestly…even though the bags are not the most beautiful ones…don’t they look great? We love the labels. And it is 100% organic and produced by our team in Chinkonono Village. More natural is impossible πŸ˜‰

So tomorrow Julie will try talk to the first shops and see if they would take some samples and maybe sell them for little money that would go into the project. So some convincing will be needed. Keep your fingers crossed! Would be a start to set something up and market our products. But we will see…we hope for the best.

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Friday Night Handicraft Hours

Keeping Books..

As things are when you get your organization registered…it also brings some new and complicated things. Planting A Future is no exception here. While the majority of our team in the village tends for our plants and Grime does some paperwork, Lloyd went on a mission to get office materials.

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From now on skills like accounting and book-keeping will become part of the crew’s daily lives. Let’s see how that will work out πŸ˜‰

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And Lloyd is taking it very seriously already. Look at Mr Smartypants here πŸ˜‰

 

Also we will soon post lots of updates on all the events of Bruni’s visit in Chinkonono Village, especially about the new structures and registration as society in Zambia etc.

So stay tuned. We are working our way through all the photos and videos and news….patience πŸ˜‰

Keeping Books..

The Gods must be Crazy ;)

The Gods must be crazy? Looks like it, right? πŸ˜‰

The gods must be crazy ;)
The gods must be crazy πŸ˜‰

 

You wonder what those guys are doing on our PAF grounds? Well…turns out they were divinging water Zambian style. And guess what? They found a perfect spot where we plan to sink our borehole. Of course we still need to get the funds and raise money to do that. But we already know where to put it…close to our library and sewing room.

divining water Zambian style
divining water Zambian style

 

Of course we will double check the spot before we start the work πŸ˜‰ But TIA, people!

 

The Gods must be Crazy ;)

Chilling at the Beach? … Oh no ;)

How time flies…almost one week ago Bruni arrived at Zambia and went to Chinkonono Village. The first 2 days, as you know, Lloyd stayed in Kalomo to deal with some paperwork and organize building materials and cement.

But don’t think Bruni was just sitting down and enjoying the sun. Well…she might have done that once in a while, having a coffee πŸ˜‰ But she also went around and met lots of new people and old friends.

Bruni inspecting the greenhouse and seedlings
Bruni inspecting the greenhouse and seedlings

 

So lots of stories were exchanged and lots of places visited. Of course our PAF crew and Bruni took care of our little breadfruit seedlings and made sure they were all put into planting bags and being watered. So no worries…they are all fine and getting used to their new home! πŸ™‚

Also Bruni visited the construction site of our new building. She had a proper look at what we achieved so far and talked to the guys in charge about the next steps and how to best get the flooring and plastering done when Lloyd comes back with the materials.

 

Obviously everyone is eager to learn from new things from Bruni and she willingly shares all she knows with our PAF crew. But it is a give and take, like everywhere in life. So she is learning a lot of new things too.

We can’t wait to hear more about what is happening down there in Zambia. What about you? πŸ˜‰

Chilling at the Beach? … Oh no ;)

PAF on Instagram now ;)

Whoa…it is happening. Planting A Future is going with the flow. Just yesterday Julie created our new Instagram account. πŸ˜‰

So if you are on there please search for plantingafuture or just click HERE

Also you can just click on the little menu button in the top right corner of the blog and will find the instagram and facebook buttons…just in case, you know πŸ˜‰

Check our social media icons in the menu!
Check our social media icons in the menu!

We hope you will all follow us there and help us spread the word! Looking forward to seeing you on Instagram πŸ˜‰

 

Also we do get nostalgic at times…Julie had this super cool rubber stamp made and just sent it down to Zambia.

Now we are getting official ;)
Now we are getting official πŸ˜‰

Who wouldn’t want to see their letters and invoices being stamped with this one? πŸ˜‰

PAF on Instagram now ;)

We are getting there…construction in progress :)

Meanwhile…our new sewing room and libray almost look like a house now. We are so happy about the progress and can’t wait to officially open the building for our PAF members and community.

 

And finally hard work pays off…James Silubo’s roasted maize for lunch! So worth the sweat πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your lunch!

The guys in town have been loading cement on the truck to Chinkonono Village so that we can now start with the floor.

Loading cement on the truck
Loading cement on the truck
We are getting there…construction in progress :)

The German Zambian Adventure has begun ;)

So…I know you guys are all eager to know if all went well with Bruni and the plants. And I can tell you now: It did! πŸ™‚

See for yourself:

Lloyd and Bruni with the breadfruit babies...all well and healthy
Lloyd and Bruni with the breadfruit babies…all well and healthy

Tired and exhausted after more than 19 hours of traveling Bruni got to Livingstone at around noon today. Lloyd had some difficulties finding a car to pick her up at the airport. But as things are in Africa all worked out. Also Grime was there to welcome her because he had some paperwork to do for PAF and did not want to miss the chance be one of the first to see Bruni again πŸ˜‰

So after the first warm hugs obviously everyone wanted to see how our breadfruit babies were doing. And what can I say? They all looked healthy and green and well.

Happy smiles :)
Happy smiles πŸ™‚

Having checked on that and a little rest they all went to a big supermarket to buy some food for the time in the village. If you guys knew the road conditions…you would probably buy food for a whole months πŸ˜‰ But Bruni had a well prepared shopping list because she might or might not plan to show some exquisite German cooking skills πŸ˜‰

So late afternoon they took the car to make their way to Kalomo first. And…TIA…not even an hour after leaving Livingstone they had a breakdown with the car. Nothing happened and everyone and everything is fine. But it delayed them quite a bit.

 

But finally they made it all to Kalomo. Bruni, the plants and Grime already left for Chinkonono Village and hit the probably bumpiest “road” (if you dare calling it a road) you can imagine. Lloyd stayed in Kalomo because there still is some money business to deal with so we can buy cement, paint and building materials to finish up our sewing room and library. He will be going to the village as soon as possible when things are sorted out in town.

So for now…we will have to see and wait for any news from Zambia. Nobody knows if and when they will find networt…but latest end of April we will feed you bit by bit with everything that happened πŸ˜‰ So stay tuned…

The German Zambian Adventure has begun ;)