Earlier this week I traveled to UNICEF’s Supply Division headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark for a meeting to discuss UNICEF’s upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) for Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). Two of my teammates from MANA US also traveled to Copenhagen, so it was great to...

Yesterday I looked at three facilities. The first was part of an auto dealership and repair garage. The space was actually okay and definitely had potential; however, access for large trucks would be through the repair garage. Additionally, I was concerned about the environmental surroundings...

According to the International Medical Corps, there are almost 40,000 children under the age of five who are in danger of dying due to severe acute malnutrition in Burundi at any given moment. We hope that MANA’s production in Rwanda will help to serve these...

By the end of the week, I had looked at a total of one – count ‘em: one – possible factory locations for MANA. I have at least five lined up for next week, however. I learned a lot about the informal process for attempting...

Number plates. I received them today, and they were promptly riveted to the truck. The plates cost 130,400 RwF ($221). Riveting was only $3.50. Thanks for sticking with me through the saga. You won’t hear anything else about number plates! Now, on to the next...

19 September 2010 This is going to be an exciting week as I start to look at potential factory locations. There has been a bunch of administrative work up to this point just to be able to get around and for my family to be somewhat...

Well, it’s official. I have a work permit! It’s just for three months since we “don’t have a factory set up yet,” but at least the work permit will enable the clearing agent to complete the vehicle registration process. Number plates possibly tomorrow by noon. I...

Yesterday’s entry was a bit long, so I waited until today to share this information. I met with USAID’s Feed the Future director for Rwanda to learn more about the Obama Administration’s new long-term approach to sustainable agricultural development in Africa. I learned a lot...

Ahhh yes, The Saga of the Vehicle. I’m sorry if you’re getting bored reading about something so mundane as my attempts to get number plates for the truck. The truth is, this is part of the start up process in Rwanda. I could paint a...

I learned over the weekend that the major international food company that I wrote about on 02 September has recommended that our proposals be part of their work with the UNV in 2011! So, that’s tremendous news for MANA, and their involvement will benefit the...