For 2 weeks in April I escaped from the city to spend time in “the field” with the communities and the community based organizations, KITE (my partner organisation) works to support.
I split my time equally; spending the first week with the SEND Foundation out of the town of
1) to familiarize myself with the Multi-Functional Platform, KITE’s partner organizations and the challenges of field work
2) to support both KITE and WACSO in preparing their final report to KITE on the completion of Phase 1 of the project and identification of lessons learned
The Multi Functional Platform (MFP) is a project that is deployed across 4 West African countries (
MFP communities are by definition, at least 10km away from the national grid and therefore considered energy poor. Women spend several hours a day fetching water and processing food for meals. The MFP helps to reduce the time burden and also helps to promote income generating activities. In several of the communities, women’s groups have formed around the platform either processing rice or transforming raw cassava into “gari” for sale in the larger city markets.
I made a short video to give you a glimpse into life in