Yesterday was a big day for juabar. Juabar1 is piloting with one of ARTI’s long-standing collaborators, named Mikila, who lives in an off-grid area not far from Dar.

We first visited Mikila last week to introduce juabar, gauge his interest in operating a phone charging micro-business and explain the data-collecting and co-creating implements as a pilot “jua-preneur.” This meeting was positive, he asked good questions, such as “can I pull juabar from a motorcycle” and, “what language will the marketing flyers be written in?” Also encouraging was his excitement at this opportunity and the manner in which he was already riffing on its possibilities. Our ARTI colleagues who helped translate relayed to us that they could sense his excitement. He informed us that his oldest of four children, all daughters, was beginning her studies to become an electrician. As a family business, adding juabar will create a direct experience with solar that Mikila’s daughter can add to her professional credentials. After all of our juabar business dealings were done, Mikila went to his garden and offered us cassava. Bounty of the land!

Godfrey and Ronnie peel cassava for the ride home, a gift from juabar’s new family in Chambisi

The exact date that juabar would be dropped off at it’s pilot location has been a moving target for weeks. Two days ago we were informed that the next afternoon would be the day for the drop off. That was yesterday, a Sunday. All of a sudden a flurry of activity was happening at juabar HQ. The day was coming when juabar1 would go off into the world on its own. There was still marketing materials to print, training manuals to complete and data tracking devices to put into place, not to mention translation. All the little loose ends that don’t seem like much until the deadline is suddenly the following day.

On the day of the drop off, we couldn’t find a printing service operating on Sunday, the ARTI van sprung a major radiator leak on our way out of town and our translator was off for the weekend. These missteps didn’t slow down Team JUABAR. We found a printer at a high-end hotel business center, relied on a good friend in the States to translate documents in the middle of the night, added color accents to our B&W flyers on the drive to Mikila’s, and on the side of the road north of Dar our overheating van received treatment on a holey pipe using a $1 rubber strip and a ton of Tanzanian ingenuity.

juabar makes it happen! flyers: designed, printed, cut and delivered at a moments notice, even on Sunday šŸ™‚

All was ready as needed when we arrived at Mikila’s house yesterday afternoon.

We conducted a quick technical and micro-business training, explained our data tracking needs and juabar1 found its home as a family business in Chambisi.

juabar 101, everyone’s paying attention as the 1st juabar solar training takes place.

It was a proud moment to be driving away, leaving juabar1 behind with its new crew.

the lovely young ladies of juabar’s new family!