In the developed world, we have got it made. We can buy almost anything. Actually, we have too many offerings. So, it takes us hours or days to decide on making a purchase. Once we make the purchase, we have a many offerings or choices to get it repaired if necessary. Or we just buy another one, which is better than the original.
In Congo and especially in rural Congo, the offerings and choices are limited on everything and for everything. We assume you have the cash to purchase it. AND we assume what you want is available. First, most items are used. Therefore, you have to determine if it works satisfactory. Second, you have to think about whether it is repairable. We know that everything breaks or malfunctions.
For example, Justin, our project manager, had to return home to fix a computer at the hospital. It was a four hour trip one-way. The same type of things happen with everything including vehicles.
Maintenance and repair-ability is crucial. Otherwise, your thing becomes a boat anchor or a door stop.