Meet Sonic, the PAF caretaker

Many times did we announce that PAF is trying to find a caretaker for PAF Center. And guess what…after years of waiting we finally found someone. Meet Sonic, everyone!

Sonic5
Ready for rumble 😉

Name:                               Sonic

Age:                                   21

Marital Status:                married

Family:                             wife and 2 small kids

Education:                       gold panner

Place of Birth:                 Lusaka

In Chinkonono since:    2017

 

Sonic, you’ll say…sounds familiar in many ways, musically and catchy for sure, not to mention a popular video game hero. But yes…Sonic, that is his real name. 😉

He is 21 years old, happily married and a proud father of two cute and cheeky kids.


Sonic is a resident of Chinkonono. He arrived in the village in early 2017 from Mwembeshi, which is part of Lusaka rural area. Living in Mwembeshi he worked as a gold panner along the Momboshi River.

His new job as caretaker will be completely different. Sonic will now be taking care of the “green gold” in our greenhouses and garden 😉 He will also be in charge of running and maintaining the hammer mill, protecting the PAF grounds and the general upkeep of the PAF Center.

In return a house was constructed for him and his family, so he can stay and work at PAF Center full time. Also, and that is an absolute milestone in PAF history, he is the first person to get “payed” by recieving an incentive for his work. Let me explain the concept here: PAF gives him money to buy diesel for the mill. People come to PAF Center to grind their maize. 4/5 of the profit goes back to PAF to buy new diesel and to invest in other projects. Sonic gets to keep the remaining 1/5 of the profit for himself and his family. Looking at a normal month that is about 90 Kwacha (roughly 8 USD) every 2 weeks for Sonic.

This a way forward for PAF as all members are volunteers and come to work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays….definitely a concept we are looking to expand and transfer to other parts of PAF activities. 🙂

Of course we had to make sure, Sonic is the right one for this job. So he had to apply for it and undergo serious “interrogation” by some of our PAF members.

 

What do you think? Did we choose well?

 

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Meet Sonic, the PAF caretaker

New Challenges for PAF

…yes, it has been quiet here. But do not think we have been sleeping. 😉

No…we have been quite active. New challenges are facing us now. I will just introduce 2 of them for now. 2 very exciting ones.

So check this one: Chief Nyawa requested us to supply his farmers with 5.000 Moringa tree seedlings. You might not know it, but right now Moringa is the most expensive of all plants because of its “miracle powers” and the ability to filter water and thus help irrigation. So farmers now will plant hectars for sale. The plan is that 200 households each plant 250 trees. Unfortunately we now lack seedbags…4.000 of them. Anyone got some spare ones?

One of the beneficiaries of our collaboration with Chief Nyawa is Mr Bramwell Hakumbila who already picked up some seedlings for his field.

Mr Bramwell Hakumbila from Nampaka village
Mr Bramwell Hakumbila from Nampaka village
Work before you get seedlings...that is all you pay, Sir ;)
Work before you get seedlings…that is all you pay, Sir 😉
Taking care of Moringa seedlings
Taking care of Moringa seedlings

The other big adventure we are working on right now is a building where our PAF women can sew. Means we will have to build a building for a storage and show room and also a place for the actual work. Our ladies are facing a tough time moulding bricks. But they know what they are doing it for. So they work hard and don’t complain.

PAF women making bricks
PAF women making bricks
Lots of bricks for the sewing room
Lots of bricks for the sewing room

Exciting news? Yeah, we agree. We are, as usual, struggling financially. But we will not give up. We will do our level best to make it all happen.

New Challenges for PAF