We started off today with a nice long and relaxing breakfast. Afterwards, we began preparing for the upcoming studies and prepping for greenhouse construction. The local bishop graciously called a meeting with influential community leaders from the church, school, and hospital that Khanjan and three others from the greenhouse team attended. With only three hours notice, over 20 locals made it to the Wesleyan Presbyterian Church to meet and discuss what a greenhouse in Zimba would look like, as well as consider a variety of business plans and potential locations. The first question our team fielded was, “Why do you call it a greenhouse if it is white?” Once they had a better idea of what a greenhouse was and what it could offer the community, the group seemed interested. Together, our team and the community decided to build the greenhouse near the church, which will be responsible for hiring someone to run operations of the greenhouse. We are encouraging the church to create an incentive program for this person, such as offering a percentage of the crops yielded to motivate the them to do a good job. Tomorrow, we will begin construction at the church and start conducting interviews with farmers from surrounding areas.
P.S. Even though the power was out for the majority of the day, our future is looking bright!