Short answer: at least 50.
Our Shop-In-A-Box has produced 50 climate kilns in just 4 days, thanks to the hard work of Tom Ochieng and Paul Manda. Even faced with numerous continuing technical challenges, our first 2 hires in Kenya have proved themselves capable of exceeding our initial production goal of 300 units per month.
The toughest part for me? Making myself stay out of the way. This was a strict test to ensure that things run smoothly when I’m not in Kenya; I made them submit questions to me via text message and email, thus limiting us to communications that can easily occur internationally. I wasn’t even at the shop for most of the production run, showing up to do small amounts of grinding and other low-skilled labor.
Great job, guys. I’m proud to be leaving our Bungoma-based production in hands more competent than mine.