3. Is there no warmup?

… I could have asked but I knew the answer already. When you get to such a place far away from home it kicks you straight into the stomach. You leave your daily routine immediately behind, and there is a lot of new things to learn already on the first days.

On Monday we (SAP-ers) met the 4 host organizations from Arusha and introduced ourselves in short presentations. I was stunned to see how committed these representatives are for the cause they work for. After the meeting we jumped into a cab, went to the peanut butter manufacture, AWE, with David. I will later shoot some photos to show, how organic peanut butter is produced.

The host organizations with SAP SoSa and Pyxera Global

After the factory visit, we went out for a quick lunch.

The restaurant was on the side of this road. It was rather a garden with some chairs and a window, where food came out from.
The waitress lady in a schick blue dress approached us, asking what we want, of course in Swaheli so David told me if I want to eat something and doesn’t matter what, just learn this: “kuku rice Kilimanjaro thafadhali” that means ~ chicken with rice and some beans, with a bottled water. It was delicious.
I fed this ‘’ocelot’’ as well — look at those blue eyes

On Tuesday we got to the site again together with SAP’s partner, Pyxera consultants, and local consultants. We worked out a focus area together to this local business, we defined a path with product branding, that we can move along through the 4 weeks, and leave David with a structured plan in his hand about how to move forward with the brand strategy.

Dr. Frank, a local consultant brought light to the room about how business development works in Tanzania. This helped me a lot to understand the basic idea of how AWE comes to the picture as a social enterprise. Ever since, I just call him Doctor. He seems to accept that.
Doctor— in the green jacket in the corner — David on the right, with SAP and Pyxera staff

On the left: me and a fire extinguisher with the plane took me from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro. On the right: view from my hotel window.
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