Thursday, August 28, 2008

Affordable Art Market

Affordable Art Market, every last Saturday of the month at RaMoMa, 10 AM - 4 PM
Meet and buy artwork directly from the artist.
Artworks on sale for amounts not exceeding KSh 10,000
At RaMoMa, 2nd Parklands Avenue, Nairobi.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Down Right Kenya

Down Right Kenya is an interesting UK to Kenya bicycle rally that will be leaving Cambridge on 20th September 2008 on a >9,000 km journey in support of ‘Harambee Schools Kenya’ (HSK) which has been supporting education for poor rural communities in Kenya for almost ten years. Desmond Tutu is the patron of Down Right Kenya. Apart from sponsoring, you can support them by spreading the word or even joining them for the ride.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Abattoirs closed... let's go for cheese!

Wanjiku Unlimited had a nice post earlier this week entitled Dagoretti Houses of Filth on the recent closure of the Dagoretti slaughterhouses: "As much as we do expect to see blood in a slaughter house, the footage of the abattoirs on TV was disturbing. The kind you really don’t want to see. There was bloody goo on the floor and workers wading through it in gumboots. There was more blood and parts on the counters. And to think that after all this the effluent is then directed to the already choking Nairobi River".

The post made me think that we may have to abandon a bit of our nyama choma culture and start promoting alternatives to meat. Cheese could be one of several excellent healthy alternatives. The good news is that the quality of most Kenyan cheeses has really gone up over the past few years and a wider variety of local cheeses is now readily available.

Try out some of Brown's cheeses for example, made in the highlands of Kenya from milk produced by hundred of smallholder farmers. They make delicious cheeses such as Camembert, Brie, Mozzarella, Feta, and much more.

Brown's informative website has more information about the process and explains the details about their different types of cheeses. The site also features some very nice cheese recipes, which can help you get rid of your nyama choma addiction.

Hey, and you can actually order online! Imagine, ordering cheese with your mouse... I have always known that mouses like cheese a lot! So let your mouse go for some cheese today!

Brown's is currently doing tasting sessions in different supermarkets most week-ends. Look out for their Marketing manager, Wanjiku, who is there on hand to advise and encourage customers to try new cheeses. Look for their branded fridge displays in some Nakumatt branches, Village and now also at Westgate and Junction.

Another interesting brand is Happy Cow, a medium-sized dairy factory in Nakuru. It also procures milk from small scale farmers and their main product line is cheese. Have a glimpse at their site for some more information.

Have you ever tried Kenyan cheese? If yes, which is your favourite one? Or do you want to stick to your nyama choma for the rest of your life?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Let's learn something from the Maasai

The world should make more use of the skills of Africa's nomadic peoples to help combat the challenges of climate change. Pastoral communities such as the Maasai in Kenya could pass on survival skills; the Maasai have learnt over generations how to sustainably live in arid and semi-arid areas. Skills which the Maasai learned over generations roaming with their livestock across the deserts and savannas could be of huge value in adapting to climate change. Traditional pastoral systems of resource management have always included a strong adaptive element. Pastoralists have long used traditional risk-management systems. These include a range of livestock- and land-management strategies, alongside community support schemes.

Pastoralists’ experiences can offer lessons for governments and other stakeholders wishing to support climate change adaptation activities. But the Maasai and other pastoralists will need to be supported by appropriate and relevant policies. In a report released today, Survival of the Fittest, Oxfam calls for governments and development partners in the region to invest in more sustainable development polices in arid and semi-arid (ASAL) areas, which will ensure pastoralists, cope with the impact of climate change.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Equity Bank's model and strategy

Leadership Forum
Innovative Strategy – The Case of Equity Bank Limited
Equity Bank has a unique perspective to business. The bank has been used as a microfinance case study in many leading universities the world over. This follows its successful microfinance business model that has become an envy of many financial institutions attempting to bank for the highly neglected low end market of the society. What could be the bank’s driving force given the current challenges and risks of doing business?

Mark your calendars:
The British Council Leadership Forum invites you:
Date: Wednesday 20th August 2008
Presenter: James Mwangi– CEO & MD Equity Bank
Venue: The Stanley Hotel- Ball Room
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Charges: Leadership Forum members: Free; Non-Leadership Forum Members: KSh 3,000 membership or KSh 500 per session

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 18th August 2008 to facilitate planning: Linet Otibine (Phone: +254 (0)20 2836000; Fax: +254 (0)20 2836500)