KhaBart is a platform where business owners meet to interact, connect and grow. Business owners are guided by a Berber, who leads them to business opportunities and directs them to Runners. Khabart also provides forums called oases. The name KhaBart is coined from two words; “Khamsin” – an oppressive, hot southerly or south-easterly wind blowing in Egypt in spring and “Barter” – exchange of goods or services for other goods or services without using money. Both words are synonymous with the concept of the 8th Century Trans Saharan Trade.
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Early in the 8th Century, the Trans-Saharan trade was at its peak. Trade, was conducted by caravans of camels. The average size per caravan was 1,000 camels; some caravans – business owners were as large as 12,000.
Caravans would be guided by highly paid Berbers who knew the desert and could ensure safe passage from their fellow desert nomads. The survival of a caravan was precarious and would rely on careful coordination. Runners would be sent ahead to oases so that water could be shipped out to the caravan when it was still several days away, as the caravans could not easily carry enough with them to make the full journey. Culture and religion were also exchanged on the Trans-Saharan Trade Route.
Khamsin is a strong unpredictable wind that creates hazards such as dust storms and are responsible for some features such as desert varnish and sand dunes. It was one of the challenges that the caravans of old experienced while trying to carry commodities for trade through the Trans-Saharan Trade Route.