You know the deal. You are home and feel like eating that special fruit or chocolate or you realize you forgot to buy soap. What do you do? You just get outside walk or drive a few minutes and get what you need or desire.
Well…it doesn’t really work like that in Zambia. Especially in rural areas like Chinkonono. There is a very small shop in the next village, but honestly speaking…it by far doesn’t have all our villagers need. So the only solution is to go to Kalomo. But the trip to town for groceries takes the whole day and you always have to add transport costs and hope for someone to pass by and take you there.
So it makes common sense that PAF is now creating our own grocery shop in the village. What used to be the sewing room will now serve as our own little shop. (This situation is temporary until we have managed to construct another building to move the library there and give the tailoring their own room.)
There was a lot of work to do to actually make that room look like a shop. Sonic, Scout and Wesley have been constructing a counter. Our new carpenter Jonsen has been making some nice shelves. And everybody helped cleaning and painting inside. All that took our PAF members about 3 days. Congrats, guys! You did a great job. Thank you so much for all your hard work you put in!
Check the making of the counter:
But also the shelves needes some fixing:
Finally finishing up with the last strokes:
Now we are trying to come up with a smart way get the initial kickstart for stocking up with useful and desired items. Very soon our little shop will be running. A lack of soap, salt, matches and basic stationary items will be a thing of the past.
And who knows…maybe we will also offer some sweets for the kids and some cakes and other “luxury” items as well…I hear the birds tweeting such sweet rumours alreaedy 😉 We will keep you posted and definitely let you all be part of the big opening!