Pulling up the sleeves

by Monicah Wangari
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When Covid-19 hit us and we were trying to learn to live with it, I went to purchase the long bathroom brush at a local supermarket. They only had 5 on the shelf. I asked the attendant about it and he told me that they had made orders but the delivery had been delayed. Because the supplier is based in China.

My mind drifted as I thought about our dependence on imports, and trust issues on the quality of our local products and services.

Let’s stop for a minute and think; What if we couldn’t access the outside of our country? Would we go back to the old days or would we be innovative enough to the extent of being our own suppliers? As Plato said in the Republic, necessity is the mother of innovation. A problem encourages our creative efforts to solve it.

Covid-19 came with many effects, both negative and positive. I think for one it serves as a wake up call to developing countries. Seeing that we import things that could be locally produced.

Roger Wekhomba notes this clearly in his book titled Wealth Transfer (2018). He encourages us to start being independent with production; to stop exporting raw material and importing finished products; to purchase the machines involved in the creation of finished products instead. Then do it home and export. 

What if we became so economically stable that we lend instead of borrowing. Maybe it’s time to dream up and create. Wekhomba also recommends The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins which elaborates further what takes place behind the face of foreign aid. 

I believe we all hold the ability to be more than we imagine. We are all gifted. There’s that thing that you do easily which others consider quite the task.

How about we think about industrialization and creation of products and services required in our communities. How about we figure out how to make life more convenient and smooth. How about we support each other for the good cause.

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Reagan August 3, 2020 - 7:10 am

It would be great if we would be our own producers and suppliers. Hopefully we will no longer be slaves to the developed countries someday. Awesome blog

Monicah Wangari August 6, 2020 - 3:35 pm

Independence sounds good to me. Thanks Reagan.


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