I’m excited that my small cloth diaper initiative is continuing to take shape – I now have a website www.kijanionline.com and a facebook page www.facebook.com/kijanidiapers – and am starting to do more active promotion of the diapers. When I started getting orders a few months ago, I didn’t have any inventory and had to scramble to train tailors, find materials, and get the orders filled. I’ve been able to spend several months building up a good inventory before actively promoting the diapers.
This past Saturday, I went to my first sale to promote the diapers – a local country club has a sale once a month where you can rent a table. All kinds of vendors come to the sale – local businesses as well as individuals and families selling their things. We were able to sell a lot of diapers (thankfully, Muigai was with me – he is a much better salesperson than I am! And we had Nathan, our “live model” to show the diapers in action) and we also got a lot of interest – we talked to several people who had never seen diapers like these as there are few modern cloth diapers available in the local market.
|Natalie helping me sell diapers at the sale|
Please join me in prayer for the following items as we move forward with this:
– The biggest challenge I have is finding a way to get the materials to Uganda. Unfortunately, most of the materials I need to make high quality diapers are not available in Uganda. For now, I brought a lot of materials with me when we returned from vacation and have had a few other people bring materials for me when they come to Uganda. Shipping costs as well as customs taxes are very high, and I am trying to find the best way to minimize these costs so I can make a diaper that is affordable for the local market. I am also trying to be creative in thinking what materials are essential to be imported and what local materials I can use. Part of my soakers are currently made using secondhand t shirts, which are available in abundance here in Kampala.
– I am currently working with two very skilled tailors, and one of them worked for an NGO for several years as a tailoring teacher. I would love to begin identifying young women who are in need of a job/skills and train them in tailoring, then be able to give them some work making diapers. Please pray that I would be connected to the right people and be able to begin training at least one new person.