I traveled to Southern Province during my third week here. Southern Province is HOT and it’s known for cows. Cows everywhere. and goats.
these are masuku fruits. they’re round with rough skin (kind of look like little potatoes), have a few seeds in the middle, and grow on trees. they’re found in southern province. this is prime season for them. we stopped and bought some so that i could taste them. you just push the sides to crack open the skin (like eating a lychee) and then you eat the fruit that’s in the middle. don’t eat the seeds or the skin.
the fruit is kind of the texture and taste of a plum.
i was traveling for work, visiting one of our small grantee organizations and the communities that they serve. this was the home of one of the “care takers”- a woman who lives in the community and who visits (daily) the homes of community members who are HIV/AIDS positive or who have TB. she visits them to ensure they’re taking their drug treatments and to generally check in with them. she counsels the individual and their families, and works around the community to reduce the stigma of living with AIDS and/or TB. she was selling greens, onions, wheat, and dried fish.
we bought some wheat
these are two more care takers (in the middle) with two employees of the grantee organization we support. this organization purchased bicycles for the care takers so that they would be able to reach more members of the community. the women not only visit individuals, but they also lead peer group meetings to educate their peers on HIV/AIDS prevention and reducing stigma.
on the way back to Lusaka, we stopped several times. here, we’re picking eucalyptus branches for herbal remedies.
Southern Province is known for cows, and apparently they have the best milk. Naturally, we stopped at the dairy.
fresh milk in a bag.
we stopped on the side of the highway to buy more masuku. we bought A TON.
we stopped in Batoka aka “tomato land.” they use all the manure from the cows and they grow the best tomatoes in the country (or so I’m told).
SWEET baby boy playing with sticks
packing up our tomatoes and onions
this is the “tomato land” market/side of the road where we stopped
driving- moving shot
we stopped in Masabuka for fish. these guys buy the fish from the fisherman and then sell them along the side of the highway. this is Edwin smiling for me.
we bought SO MUCH FISH.
more driving. you can imagine how the truck smelled at this point…masuku, onions, tomatoes, eucalyptus, sour milk, fish…and it’s 98 degrees outside…
driving back to Lusaka