As im going to do voluntary work next year in Nigeria (Africa), i was thinking of starting a new project over there.
It would involve computers because thats where im good in.
I know Africa and computers arent going well together at the moment but it appears that computers are being introduced more and more.
So here's my plan wich i think can be realised, although i have some doubts, therefor i'm asking your opinion about it because i know there are lots of people here that work in comp stores etc.
Once in Nigeria i would start collecting old comps, broken comps that people wont need anylonger, and that otherwise would end up on some scrapheap. I would fix these comp, and sell them for a very low price to schools and also to regular people.
I know that these comps wont be state of the art, im expecting comps like a pentium with 200 Mhz (maximum) and like 32 Mb ram (maximum). Comps like 4.86 or 3.86 would also fit into my plan.
And probably if there is a computer shop, these parts will be too expensive for me to buy, to replace broken parts (because its voluntary work-- taxes etc evading).
I fixed compsbefore for a second hand store and i know from experience that they have two "large" boxes filled with working and not working computer parts by the end of the month.
They just throw these parts away because they have too much from them. of course this is in Belgium.
So since i know the manager of this second hand store as a friend, it could be (i still have to call & meet him) possible IMO that he would save these parts for me and then send the parts to Nigeria...
Then i would have computer parts for free ( the cost to send these parts would be "probably" paid by my former school or other people).
This way i can fix computers for a very low price since all ill be needing are small things like batteries for mobo's etc...
For now its merely a plan, so i still have to contact everyone and see that i have enough funding wich hopefully isnt too much of a problem.
Could i pull this off and is it to be realised when funding is OK and when i have some kind of support (parts etc) from friends, school etc here in Belgium.
There are people on this board who have experience with this kind of thing, although then on a basis of profit. And i would like to hear your opinions/ suggestions about it .
Thanks in advance.