Yesterday we visited a community centre, supported by UNHCR, for refugees in Kampala where refugees are taught many skills and have access to an internet cafe. There is a workshop set up to teach tailoring, so we thought this would be a good place to present the Cook-in bags and teach the tailors how to make them.
We met with a group of refugees, mostly women, but one man joined too, from DRC, Sudan and Somalia and a few Ugandans. With the help of the centre coordinator and an interpreter we were able to explain the principle of the bags and urged our audience to ask questions. Quite naturally, many were sceptical, but some were very keen to try the bags for themselves. We left two samples with them to try out and undertook to return next week to hear their feedback and, if they are suitably impressed, to teach them how to make the bags.
We also met with Sarah who is in charge of another project based on the site, making charcoal briquettes and fuel efficient stoves to burn them in. She was very impressed with the bag idea and was keen to partner with the tailors in the marketing of both products together as they both offer savings to the consumer and the environment.
Our trip to Mengo seems to have been a success, so I will report back next week on how the trails have gone and whether the tailors are keen to make a new product.