Since arriving in Choma both the indigenous knowledge and product perception research teams have been hard at work conducting interviews from morning till night. Kelvin, our carpenter, has been incredibly helpful here in his hometown by bringing us into different neighborhoods and translating for us as we run through a variety of questions. He also equipped us with another guide/translator, his friend, Nelson, who has helped us divide and conquer as we attempt to collect as much data as we can. Whether it’s traipsing through gardens or inquiring about purchasing behaviors, both teams have been gathering plenty of information and then returning home in the evening to transcribe their interviews and record data.
One student, Shae, left us on Saturday morning to head back to the US for an internship – so we’re now down to 8 girls and Khanjan. The small numbers have brought us all together as we work, play cards, and relish in each others’ company here at the mission house. This morning the community health worker team and half of the indigenous knowledge research team ventured to the charming village of Jembo. The CHW team spoke with nurse and a community health worker while the indigenous knowledge team conducted a few interviews with local farmers. This trip was also integral to the greenhouse venture as we still needed to educate the new greenhouse owners in Jembo on how to carry out operations.
Tomorrow we will leave for Lusaka with our carpenter, Kelvin, and get started on our next greenhouse as soon as we reach our next site. We will have two and half days to complete construction before we all head our separate ways on Friday.