Thank you for your interest in this book. I have written this book (or am writing this book) as a means to solve a problem I see in care/missionary organizations working in developing nations. Principally the problem is this, based on the adage that we should “teach a man to fish” so he eats for the rest of his life care/missionary organizations often go to foreign countries and simply do not know how to fish.

A classic example would be a small town in remote Africa might need some way to travel to the neighboring towns. A care/missionary organization looks at the problem and donates a truck to them. On the surface this seems to be a rather gracious gift, but what they fail to realize is that the townspeople lack the ability to maintain the truck but moreover they must import their fuel to run it. In order to import they now must export (no one will sell to them unless they get something in return). The problem is that this little town is just getting by and is not able to generate beyond what they need. This gift is now a burden. A more elegant gift would be a simple wood cart with a male and female mule. While it seems crude it is far more reliable and cost effective than the truck.

Our infrastructure is designed around producing value outside our boundaries. Many societies (elegant societies) are either not able to do that or don’t desire to do that. The technologies in this book will hopefully provide a knowledge base of how to sustain a good life and possibly even produce goods that can be exported if desired.

I do understand that there are challenges in some areas that this book can not hope to solve. For example if warlords are a menace to your area they will likely control the population by taking anything of value away. The only advice I can give you is good luck and keep trying. Industry and technology can become covert but the risks become dramatically greater. To choose between dieing by being found out or dieing by starvation, you will have to asses the risks in your own case.

Due to the number of technologies this book is attempting to cover, it simply can not go into great detail about each portion. I am writing this with the idea that you just need to know what to do, not the history behind what you are doing or finer details off how someone might do something to be true to some culture. This is just what you need. For each topic there are plenty of resources to guide you to greater details listed in the appendix.

I hope that you enjoy this book. I will try to be concise. I promise.

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