CHAPTER 8: ALIGNMENT

Common allies

In 2010, Room to Read, a global organization focused on improving literacy skills amongst primary school children, faced a unique predicament in Zambia7. In its expansion into Kafue, a district south of Lusaka, the team had the challenge of transporting library books and furniture along bumpy hill roads, across Kafue River and through a wild animal park, to get to schools in the provinces. When introducing its Reading Room program to the local community, they discovered an unlikely partner. Trucks belonging to ZAMBEEF, an international food production company, come into Lusaka fully loaded, but head out to the provinces empty. The result? The first batch of library furniture was successfully dispatched via ZAMBEEF ...

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