Cox’s Bazaar, the world’s longest natural beach!

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 3:42 am

At Cafe Mermaid, the best cafe in Cox's Bazaar

me with the candle, at the cafe!

This entire week, up until around tuesday, I have had the pleasure of going to Cox’s Bazaar, in Bangladesh.

This experience was honestly amazing, and it was nice to get away from the hussle and bustle of the city of Dhaka. The beach is beautiful! And we went to this one cafe, called Cafe Mermaid, OH MY GOODNESS. I recommend it to anyone who plans to go to Cox’s Bazaar. It is absolutely amazing!!!All afzal and I did when we were there was brainstorm, take in the view, and write the business plan. Everything is starting to come together now. For those of you who dont’ know what we’re doing…

Afzal and I were asked by CARE Bangladesh, who’s funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to act as external consultants for one of their parterns, CDVF. CDVF= Community-based Dairy Vet Foundation. Essentially, CDVF is currently a foundation, but their funding runs out soon. So our job, is to go in, figure out if they can be sustainable by itself, and if so, how? I can’t lie, but so many of the issues we’ve been running into, the issues,  have either been OB related, or marketing related. Needless to say, for everyone who said specializing in OB is just unthink of, well think again! 😀 We’re redesigning the way the organization looks, and how to structure it (by function, by geography, or?.. remember OB Class everyone?) Yeup, and the organization, is having trouble with getting the poor to act a certain way; essentially, changing their behaviours. –marketing anyone?– Anyhow, we spent this weekend brainstorming, and so much of it was marketing, it was amazing! JUST, wow. I LOVED LOVED LOVED every second of it. Those of you in Sirsi’s class, remember needs segmentation? YEUP. and Remember, all the things he wrote about segmentation, and the pitfalls of over-segmenting and all those things, yes, you can actually use those in real life! they’re applicable!!!

Anyhow, i’ve been back in Dhaka for the past couple of days, but today, in about 30 minutes, im off to Mymensingh with afzal again to look over the finances! IRR’s, and NPV’s, here i come! & remember when i said Afzal and I don’t stay in one place for more than 3 nights, well it’s actually true! lol


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