Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Being a tourist in Mombasa

Phil had arranged a meeting to find out more about micro finance with a contact of his in Mombasa this morning, so we head d off there. The meeting was a successful one; a government official was present and outlined to process to Phil. All that is needed now is to find between two and four groups of women who would like to save together in this way and who can each nominate a woman within the group who they see as responsible and trustworthy. These representatives can then meet with the government representative and training and support can be delivered. What is more, this will provide a way for me to transfer funds to any group to support them in their cooperative ventures. All very positive.
We then headed odder to Fort Jesus to be tourists! We were intercepted outside by Humphrey, who proved to be an extremely good guide.

He told us all about the fort and its history. The fort was amazing and it's history really fascinating. The views from the fort were also incredible. The fort is built in the shape of a man - an amazing feat in itself.

Humphrey was a mine of information and explained things very clearly.
He then took us into Mombasa Old Town. This felt like stepping into Kenya's colonial past with its verandah buildings and narrow streets.

We stopped for a drink at a lovely cafe overlooking the old port which had fabulous views.

We also saw many wonderful shops selling traditional crafts. This one was our favourite - again, I thoroughly recommend it. The prices were very reasonable and the staff helpful without being pushy.

I bought this lovely drum for Will.

We went on to the old market and looked at wonderful displays of pastas and spices. The smells were fabulous.

Meeting up with Zachariah to start our journey home was rather tricky in the busy streets, but eventually achieved, and a safe journey back to the hotel allowed Sue and I a pleasant late afternoon dip in the pool as refreshment from hot and humid Mombasa.

6 comments:

  1. So glad you're getting some time to relax and enjoy the sights. Looks fascinating. Will is going to love the drum! Ongoing blessings and God's guidance as you continue your Kenyan adventure. Luv JM-K

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    1. Thank you Julie. It has been an extra blessing to have times to relax.Thank you for the prayer support.

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  2. So glad you're getting some time to relax and enjoy the sights. Looks fascinating. Will is going to love the drum! Ongoing blessings and God's guidance as you continue your Kenyan adventure. Luv JM-K

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  3. Sounds really interesting. The micro finance arrangements are the icing on the cake and it's only week 3!!!!! That is just great news!!! I remain in awe of what you have achieved.

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  4. Yes, I am so excited about that. Pray that the right women will step forward.

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  5. Think you are amazing to have achieved so much in such a short time. Lovely to have joined up with you today and looking forward to helping with the sewing project tomorrow x

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