Off the Coast of Guinea Bissau
It’s taken a while, but Car #2 and Car #3 – two Toyotas I’m sending to the Ivory Coast to become taxis – have reached West Africa and should be in Abidjan in a couple of days. I’m tracking the container ship “Grande Argentina” that carries the cars on http://www.marinetraffic.com:
So, right now, it’s off the coast of Guinea Bissau doing 17.5 knots which is slow for a container ship, but at least faster than 19th century clipper ships.
News from the Chicken Front
On the chicken front, the construction is finished, and the first chickens and roosters are in place. Now the idea is that they are going to reproduce so that their numbers increase to a maximum in about nine months. Already in a couple months it should turn a profit though, and it will be very interesting to see how far away reality is from the seemingly to-good-to-be-true original budget projections.
One worrying sign is that I have received indications that the construction – while cheap, and roughly in line with budget – shouldn’t have costed as much as it did. This is the type of trust issues that are very hard to avoid – despite precautions – when investing in Africa while not living there. And the handling of it can be make or break of the whole investment.
Anyhow here’s how the chickens are looking: