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Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 4- Parks, Power and Pétanque


As our fourth week has come to an end, things are looking up! As the harsh conditions of April have finally ceased, power cuts seem to occur less and less frequently. This not only thankfully means fewer evenings huddled around a torch, it also means we have been able to start our long awaited IT classes, an important capacity building activity, with the members of Djigui. These classes not only provide on-site members with training, but also benefit other Djigui members that cannot yet be provided with income-generating activities. So far these have proved to be a success, however we have quickly realised the need to be as flexible as possible regarding our schedule, as the reality is often that the women have to prioritise work over training when their day is particularly busy.
William and Eveline in the middle of an IT class
In regards to our kiosk, we started the week by making a chalkboard menu, with a small selection of delicious dishes. This will not only make it clearer to customers what Djigui can offer, but also having a set menu means that Lucie, Djigui’s chef, knows what to prepare in advance each morning. This will reduce the waiting time for future customers, thereby improving the organisation of the kiosk. We also have in mind the idea of creating a new dish each week to keep the menu fresh and interesting. These new recipes will be used during the festival season later this year, as being innovative and different is the key to generating sells in a competitive environment. Every Monday, Kerri will cook the new recipe with some of Djigui’s members, and by serving this dish throughout the week, this will ensure that members feel confident in reproducing these dishes in the future.
Djigui's chef Lucie with the new menu

As the start of the week was packed with activities, the ‘Fête du travail’ that fell on Thursday was a welcomed break by all.  The ICS volunteers decided to organise a picnic at the Parc de Bangreweogo, meaning ‘park of knowledge’ in Mooré, with the idea that British volunteers would bring a traditionally British dish, and the national volunteers would do likewise with their own Burkinabe delights.  After a slight delay in finding each other, not realising the sheer size of the park, boules or 'pétanque' in French and football were enthusiastically played, before tucking in to our picnic.  We also got to see a few crocodiles that seemed to exist quite peacefully in the lake adjacent to couples and families spending their day off together under the shade of mango trees.

Boules, anyone?

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