Over a month since my grant has been approved and things are now moving forward. Working with these women always brighten my week and instead of writing a detailed post of everything we are doing, since I am photographing everything (as a form of recording), it is easier to just show you.
Compost was a very easy lesson, since these women already compost as a means of waste disposal. Basically the lesson could be summarized as this: “You know your trash can?” *nods of affirmation* “Well…you can use that as a fertilizer to help enrich the soil! Just take out the plastic bags and throw in some goat poop and voila!”
Below, for your view pleasure, pictures of trash cans, er…I mean compost.
Jeanette (left) had already shared what she learned at the Gardening training in July with Hawa (right) and so naturally we had to take a picture.
Jeanette with her tomato plants, which finally started really sprouting now that it is dry season. (As it turns out, tomatoes aren’t a fan of all the rain.)
II. Visiting the future garden.
Next we all hiked to visit the site of the future garden; however, after this photo the women decided they wanted to pick their own sites, using their own land. Because dry season is approaching, in order to make watering easier, the women decided they preferred to walk farther to their gardens and have it located near a river than haul a lot of water up to their house everyday.
Hawa, Jeanette, Ladi, and Adama
Hawa’s baby was like this the entire hour we were out there.
III. Watering cans
Locations chosen, the women started preparing the land and then the fun part, handing out all the seeds and the watering cans I purchased with the grant money.
Posing with the watering cans, which the women have all renamed “Mariam” (my village name) in honor of the fact I gave it to them.
Gathering basil seed, from the seeds I gave to Jeanette last spring, for the next year.
IV. Visiting the nurseries
A couple weeks after handing out the seeds and the watering cans, the women went to work. Before Thanksgiving, we then had another meeting to discuss nutrition and played a “healthy plate” game where the women had to create meals that included a protein, a vegetable and starch. At that meeting we discussed any questions and problems these women had in planting their nurseries and we made plans for me to visit each one sometime in the next week.
Adama and Ladi’s nursery. They are currently in the process of constructing a shade for the small plants because the sun is very strong in the afternoon.
Adama and Ladi
Ladi’s sister, Adama, posing with a hoe
Hawa’s garden. Hawa’s family has been helping her with planting and watering and almost created a small field.
Hawa’s daughter watering.
Jeanette and Hawa discussing the shoots
Posing with the nursery
Hawa and her son
Teaching Olivier, Jeanette’s son, how to take a selfie
Going to the watering hole
Washing at the end of the day. Also those brown things in the water are cassava, which you leave in the water for three days before you wash it, peel it, dry it and then sell it at the market.
Olivier demanded that I film him climbing the log.
The walk home
(They caught me filming them.)