Finally. Finally we were able to open the shop at PAF Center.
It took a while to sort things out and get our order done. But now the goods and items were all delivered.
Our PAF member Venuli, the shop manager, was doing a very good job checking the lists and bringing things in order.
You wonder what kind of goods we will be selling? Well…here you go:
Drinks (only sodas and no alcohol)
soap, washing paste
tea leaves matches
Of course we will add more items once the initial investment has been covered. We plan to also sell stationary goods such as pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers.
Maybe even eggs and fresh bread and cake, made in the village.
Another idea is to offer snacks and meals, perpares in our community kitchen. This could work well for events, lets say when our PAF Warriors have a soccer match..
First customer 🙂
Getting things in order
Our sweet shop staff
And we also have good news already. After just 20min of the shop being open we already sold items for 27 Kwacha (roughly 2.50 USD). That doesn’t sound like much. But we are happy and expect good revenues. We are sure the shop will attract even more people now. The next shop is several km away…
Thanks again to all our donors and membera for supporting us. Without you guys we would not be able to invest in projects like that. 🙂
And of course that money made will be used for other PAF projects.
You already know that maize and tomato are 2 of the core ingredients of the majority of Zambian and sub-saharan African meals. But we also have to add cabbage to that list. It is full of nutrients and keeps the belly full for a long time.
Of course our villagers and PAF members in Chinkonono are growing cabbage for their own use. But our member Raphael is doing it big style. He has a huge cabbage garden and is growing it for his family’s consumption and for sale.
But Raphael doesn’t only grow cabbage. In his garden you will also find onion, egg plant and tomato.
We say: well done! But take a look!
Proud farmer 🙂
Hard work pays off
now that is one big cabbage
On a side note…Lloyd is also trying other good foods 😉
You guys all know what it is like: you just feel an itch and wanna go buy some stuff or go window shopping.
All that is impossible in Chinkonono. You eat what you grow, you wear what you sew or can get on rare occasions in town. The next shop is about 6km walking distance away. And you know…the items you buy will have to be carried back home again.
So PAF decided to re-use the sewing room and make it a shop.
Wesley nd the rest of the members kickstarted this whole project. Shelves have now been carpented and will be set up in the next few days.
Once the shop is all set up our members will sell tomatoes and veggies, bread and maybe cake, the clothes and bags we sew. Step by step we will try to widen the range of products. But to do so we need to find out what people are interested in.
Hopefully the shop will attract and draw more people towrds PAF Center. But it certainly will save our villagers lots of time and effort.
Of course using the sewing room is only a temporary solution until we manage to construct another building amd move the library there to seperate it from the buzzing business 😉
Time flies, folks. Bruni is already back from her 10-days trip to Chinkonono. We are currently working on another slideshow for you guys to see what happened and also some other cool surprises.
But what we can do for now to make the wait worthwhile we want to show you a little tour around PAF Center. Bruni will guide you around and talk about it. It is in German language, but we added the English subtitles for you guys.
Hope you enjoy and are as proud as we are about what happened there in the past years and how far we have already come.