Tag Archives: Money

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 6 – Gathering more meaningful information

or Being an ethnographer When we are in the field for a while, we have a different perspective than when just “come and go” for a short period of time. We also have more discussions, and, after some time, the outcome of those discussions are often different to the ones we get the first time.… Read More »

Finance Micro Management

The overall vision that I have is to help people help themselves, that they can improve their condition. Through my travels, I have come to realise that sometimes part of the issue is not necessarily money itself but money management. Both in Africa and in Europe… I am not a finance person… far from it!… Read More »

Be grateful for what you have…(2)

Be grateful for what you have… ..but keep dreaming/working for better. Last month, I talked about showing/expressing gratitude for what we have and not longing for what we don’t… (Be grateful for what you have… not longing for what you don’t) This is the common saying and this is in response to what some people express… Read More »

Be grateful for what you have…

Be grateful for what you have… … not longing for what you don’t. This might sound cheesy, one of those saying that we know but don’t really pay attention to. One that we tell the kids to keep them quiet when they want something and we don’t want to get it/buy it for them. But… Read More »

How can we make small savings: Speed, load and fuel

Hopefully, we have all noticed (or heard) that the faster we drive, the more fuel we use. Likewise, the heavier you car is, the more fuel you use. In her “normal” load, Maya is fairly heavy. And I drive at a reasonable speed (I think… well, I am often the slowest on the road…). For… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 3 – Communication lines

One of the issue that we have when not being in the field is how to communicate. Access to communication is not a given everywhere, for everyone… If we are not in the country, then we are talking about international communication. Whether we sit in Europe or in the neighbouring country in Africa. So despite… Read More »

Maintenance – How can we make small savings

Having celebrated Maya’s 100’000 km in Africa, one thing that did have a cost impact during that time is repair and maintenance…. I can tell you that I have learned a lot in the past 4 years about her mechanics… And so one way of saving is to perform some of the maintenance myself. And… Read More »

But what are the costs of being in the field? (Part 3)

In the last newsletters, we compared the costs of a 6-weeks period in Zimbabwe between what we had in our setting and what it would have been to fly from Europe. In Zimbabwe in 2016, our cost amounted to around $1’600 compared to $5’900-$6’200 if we were coming from Europe. If we look at the… Read More »

But what are the costs of being in the field? (Continued – Part 2)

In the last newsletter, we looked at the costs that we had for a 6-weeks period in Zimbabwe in 2016, to be there to support projects. We mentioned that our cost amounted to around $1’600 compared to $5’900-$6’200 if we were coming from Europe for the same 6 weeks. So how do we come to… Read More »

Does Not for Profit means that there is no money?

No… There is money involved… Like in everything… Even time… What does Not for Profit means then? A Not for Profit Organisation can raise money, through fund raising, donation, governmental funding, corporate funding or generate income through commercial activities (sales, consultancy work, etc…). What it means is that any funds received by the organisation is only… Read More »