Saturday, May 15, 2010

Market Day

Saturday is market day in Kiwoko a town just down the road from New Hope. I went there with A. one of the missionaries here. The main road was lined on both sides with people selling various vegetables, fruit, dried fish, cloth, clothes etc. At one spot a lady was selling spices alongside bunches of small onions similar to shallots. A. is pictured here sorting through clothes to find items for her own two children. For 2000 Ugandan shillings ($1 Cdn.) she was also able to buy 4 papayas which seemed like a pretty good deal to me. Produce varies depending on the season. We’re looking forward to enjoying mangos in a few weeks. The bananas that grow locally in the gardens here are quite small with thinner skin and a wonderfully sweet taste. We’ve been enjoying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Surrounding the market were lanes leading to dwellings made of various make-shift materials. We met one of the women who work at New Hope here. She walks to work each day, washes laundry all day by hand and then heads back at night to care for her own family at night. The money she earns at New Hope makes it possible for her to send her children to school.

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