Our second day in Kenema has been spent in a Toyota 4×4 (an awesome vehicle if ever there was one) travelling cross-country via muddy, rocky, hilly roads and into small villages for site visits. The purpose of the site visits was for us to see who the customers of Alafia latrines are, and what the customer purchase process is.
We have been able to speak with local customers and understand better their needs and wants. We have also been able to speak with local masons and a local entrepreneur, who is integral to the project.
It is one thing to read about the production and transportation issues, and another entirely to see them for yourself on the ground. The sheer scale of what is being attempted here, and the difficulties that all involved face, has been a sobering prospect for the four of us to come to terms with.