During the project, Kari worked with four residents from D'Kar and Kaputura villages to design and build a portable wood-burning peanut roaster. Kari's team built the roaster, experimented with roasting and flavoring techniques, conducted taste tests in Kapatura and developed a business plan for the peanut business, including marketing, supply chains and distribution.
"The IDDS summit taught me how to work with an incredibly diverse group of individuals and how to quickly iterate through the design cycle and create a business that can continue past the summit," Kari says.
Kari also worked with a local teacher, mentoring him in computer science teaching methods that engage and interest children ages 8 to 14. As part of the collaboration, she taught a group of his students how to use micro:bits, fully programmable computers that are roughly half the size of a credit card.
IDDS's theme, “improving rural community livelihoods in Botswana,” focuses on co-creating grassroots technologies and innovations, while supporting business models that will be adopted by the rural community members to enhance and sustain their livelihoods.