We have been in Kenya for a week now and we feel very welcome! In this first week we have already seen and done a lot. When we arrived in Mumias the first day, we went directly to Wilson’s factory. Here we were welcomed with open arms and he showed us around. Everything looked very good and people were working hard, building toy cars, from a previous Muima project. Wilson was also busy building his own house next to the factory, so he would never have to leave!
After the tour we presented our design of the lampshade. Wilson was immediately very enthusiastic about this and came up with useful ideas about the connections between the parts. After this he wrote to us that our first impression could not have been more perfect.
The following days we continued with our SolidWorks model, that we will send to Mukanda, the man who will make the mold for us. However, we were unable to connect to the TU Delft VPN connection. To inform Wilson about this problem we called him. Luckily, Mukanda was on his way to the factory. We went straight to the factory. This worked out perfectly for us.
We met Mukanda and he was so kind to lend us his laptop with a working SolidWorks program. We now have agreed to meet this Sunday again to improve the design with Mukanda, Wilson and our team. On Monday we will visit Mukanda in Kakamega to start building the mold hopefully. A good prospect!