My village diary – 9: Negotiating chicken prices via cellphone

Cellphones communication in a remote village in south eastern Kenya-9

  1. The kuku man (chicken dealer) came over today to sell me chickens for my father’s poultry project.  As I was negotiating for the prices, two other customers called him on his cellphone to order more chickens, and for a better deal. It was tough negotiating for good prices since he had just been offered a better deal, via cellphone!
  2. I met up this Susana (the village development coordinator) this evening to discuss various projects in the village.  She had just come back from a three day seminar on HIV-AIDS.

During the two hours meeting, she received nine phone calls some related to the various projects she coordinates.

  • One of them was from a project member who wanted to meet up with her to brief him about the seminar she had just attended.
  •  Another call was from the teacher of a kindergarten she helped set up in the village. She informed her that the kindergarten will be cleaned tomorrow, ahead of a meeting scheduled for next week.
  • A member of another school project called her to findout about plans for a meeting with partners from Cleveland who will be visiting the project mid-June.
  • Her daughter also called her to find out how she was going to respond to an email sent by the Cleveland project partners.
  • Another call was from her son, wanting to know what he was going to cook for dinner.
  • Two other calls were from her bodaboda taxi operator – asking her what time he was going to pick her up and later informing her that he was on the way to pick her up.

I informed her that I was doing a small research on cellphone communication in the village. She agreed to an interview next Tuesday…

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