Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I told my counterpart that we need to come up with a project idea for an upcoming conference that Peace Corps is having in March. I showed him an example project plan that I wrote up in Russian about adding consulting services at our organization. He told me he’d think about it.

After lunch today, he got back to me with the fantastic idea for a chicken factory. Our town doesn’t have one, he explained; but we have a lot of chickens. Sounds like a decent idea, I thought. But I asked him how does the business incubator we work at relate to that project. He paused and got a confused look on his face. I explained the project was meant to be for the organization that we work for. But the business incubator doesn’t have any money, he explained. How can we do a project?

Two full time staff, one full time PCV, a borrowed office, and two computers. Yeah, we don’t have money, but these things are called resources.

I don’t even know where to begin here.

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