How the Walleighs Found Purpose & Adventure

Rick & Wendy overlooking Lewa Downs' savannahBoomers Rick and Wendy Walleighs’ book details their inspiring move to Swaziland and then Nairobi, Kenya for a total of 18 months. These are documented on this website and in their book titled From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. It is available on Amazon, all online book retailers, and some Bay Area bookstores. Go to Media Coverage to see all the media featuring the Walleigh’ adventures.

ALL ROYALTIES ARE DONATED TO TECHNOSERVE, the international development organization for which the Walleighs worked, to continue its “Business Solutions to Poverty” in Africa and Latin America, so please buy this book for friends and family!

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos and descriptions of our many travels to nearly 60 countries on six continents.

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Kenya Successes: Popular Kikoi Cloth Company

Starting in 2008, for its Phase Two program, TechnoServe’s Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) was considering how to identify businesses in which to place the young women in internships so they would learn both the soft and hard skills of employment. Through local...

Rick’s September 2013 Backpacking in the Sierra

In September 2013, Rick and his friend Jim spent 5 ½ days hiking 58 miles from North Lake to South Lake on the eastern side of the Sierras.  This well-known route is considered by many backpackers to be one of the most beautiful hikes in California.  About half of...

Kenya Successes: Cecilia’s Kacece Creations Grew Due to Young Women in Enterprise

Wendy first met Cecilia Katungwa in March 2007 at the inter-club Young Women in Enterprise business plan competition.  Wendy was so impressed with Cecilia's entrepreneurship, that she ordered 30 knitted scarves from Cecilia to be delivered in three weeks.  When...

2011 Walleigh Travel Journal Part 2: East & West Coast of U.S.

JUNE 16 – 30, 2011 --  DR. DIANA BECAME A PEDIATRICIAN and MOVED TO PHILADELPHIA. The main reasons for this trip were: 1) to watch our daughter Diana officially become a Pediatrician and 2) to move her from NC to PA.  Rick and I were delighted to find that Bryan, her...

April 26 to May 8, 2012 Botswana Experience

It is always challenging to coordinate two people flying from different places to then fly to a third, but imagine doing that in Africa! After a week of visiting and working in Nairobi with friends and colleagues from the TechnoServe Kenya office, Wendy flew to...

Ethiopia: Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches & Ancient Capital of Axum

The Walleigh tour's third stop was Lalibela, the most visited tourist  site in Ethiopia.  It is named after King Lalibela, the first of the Zagwe Dynasty in the 1600s who began the tradition of building churches hewn literally from huge boulders in the earth or on...

Uganda Successes: Cotton Gin Improves Surrounding Communities

In April 2012 Rick attended a TechnoServe East Africa regional meeting in Kampala, Uganda, which also involved a field trip to a successful project: a cotton gin.  Mutuma Commercial Agencies ltd (MCAL) was established in 1998 by Mr. Amos Mugisha as a ginning...

2008 Walleigh Travel Journal: Back to Africa + Perspective on Africa Living

Oct. 10 –  44 Hours Door to Door from Cape Town to Johannesberg to Nairobi to London to SFO! We had a great month in 4 African countries. But it was very tiring: really hard beds, so-so meals in many hotels, and needing to leave the bathroom light on every night...

Kenya Successes: TechnoServe Organized Small-Scale Dairy Farms for Large-Scale Impact

Kenyans drink a lot of milk.  This tradition is probably derived from tribal culture—particularly the Maasai tribe--where cows represent wealth. However, the vast majority of dairy farmers own less than ten cows, each of which typically produces ten gallons of milk...

Rick’s Backpacking Adventures in California’s Sierra Nevada

Though Rick and Wendy have done two overnight backpacking trips together in about 2000, clearly Rick is the more dedicated backpacker.  Luckily he has found a better match with their friends, the White Family—husband, wife, and adult daughter. They have now hiked...

Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Our four days in Victoria, the capital of Vancouver Island AND British Columbia (BC) gave us a feel for the history—human, geological, and cultural—of the southwestern-most province of Canada. Upon our arrival into Victoria, we checked into the historic Empress Hotel....

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Backpacking in Sierra

After a two-night trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains earlier this summer, in August, Rick and two friends went backpacking into the Sierras’ Desolation Wilderness for a few days. The lakes were still partially frozen and the trail was still covered quite a...

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“If you are nearing the end of your business career and wondering what’s next, you’ll find Rick and Wendy’s experience both illuminating and inspiring.”

Debra Dunn

Consulting Associate Professor & Former Senior Vice President, Stanford University, Hewlett Packard

 “Rick and Wendy Walleigh are my down-to-earth heroes. At the end of Phase 1 of very successful careers–still healthy enough to spend their retirement days skiing, golfing, lunching, traveling in style–they chose instead to take their energy and considerable skills and apply them in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Bruce McNamer

President & CEO of The Community Foundation for the Nation's Capital Region (Washington DC) & former CEO of TechnoServe

“For those seeking an encore to their professional lives, Rick Walleigh’s account of the adventure he and his wife, Wendy, began is as energizing as it is useful. This remarkable book summarizes the factors they considered before volunteering in Africa to foster economic growth through small business development. More importantly, it records their experience with cultural change, new applications for honed skills, the nature of contemporary economic development work in the face of poverty, and the sights, smells, surprises and encounters found in living and working overseas. This is not a “how-to” book for those of us wanting renewal; it is an “I did this and so can you” story that is unique, thought-provoking and encouraging.”

 

Ron Boring

Former Executive Vice President, Vodafone-Japan