Posts Tagged ‘mobilephones in village’

Safaricom

June 17, 2011

Wireless internet connection via Safaricom, Kenya’s leading mobile network operator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safaricom). Internet connectivity in Kenya is quite reliable though a bit slow in the villages. 

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My village diary – 9: Negotiating chicken prices via cellphone

June 4, 2011

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…

My village diary – 8: “The priest’s car broke down, he called me to go rescue him”

June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011

Cellphone communication in a remote village in south eastern Kenya – 8

1. Last sunday there was a special mass celebration at the parish. One of my neighbors, a priest, had come back to the village to attend the ceremony. His car wouldn’t start. other priests and the congregation were waiting for him in the church. He called my father to drive over to help restart his car battery. Now I know why the mass was 1 h0ur and 42 minutes late!

2. When my brother comes back to the village, from Nairobi, late on weekends, he calls bodaboda operator to pick him up at the market and drop him home (bodaboda is slang for local taxis-motorbikes)

3. last night my father called my brother-in-law in south Africa, just to say hello. It costs 3 shillings per minute. Its costs the same to call canada and USA.

4. The parish secretary called my father yesterday to inform him that the priest has called for a leaders meeting in two weeks. He wanted to meet up to plan for the meeting.

5. My friend susana, ( the village development coordinator) called me last night, to remind me that we have a community meeting tomorrow to discuss the village water project.


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