Life Force Kiosks just completed its second full week of operations and the initial results are positive. So far our ten vendors have purified over 4,000 liters of drinking water and cleaned over 150 water storage containers. Not bad for a brand new service in one of the poorer villages within Kibera.
Sales were a bit slow after the first couple of days, but our management team has been doing a great job of working with the vendors to improve performance. One vendor went several days with no sales at all. Steve spent all day on Monday and Tuesday co-running the stand with that vendor and he sold over 20 chlorine top-ups. That showed the vendor that people really do want our service and he really can make some extra money by working with us. Today Steve just spent the day observing but let the vendor take full control, and that vendor made 13 sales on his own. We plan on replicating that process for all under-performing vendors over the next couple of weeks and expect to see solid improvement across our vendor network. Once that is done and we feel confident that all vendors are fully on board and comfortable with their roles, we’ll shift our focus towards community marketing and consumer demand generation.
I’ll continue to post updates to let you know how things are going. So far I’m very pleased with our early performance and more importantly with the potential we’re seeing.