Sunday, February 8, 2009

More of the Women and Their Stories

Yesterday - Saturday - was an incredible day.
We interviewed each of the women one at a time, so that, with their permission, we are able to share their pictures and stories with you. They were eager to talk to us, and you have already met two of them. This photo is os Tumushabe, who comes from the Lake Bunyoni area. Through the efforts of other Canadians, she learned to sew clothing some years ago. These are sold through the tourist camp on Bushara Island. She joined our project to learn of other hand-crafted items she could make. Tumushabe is 29, and has been on her own since 1999, raising three children aged 12, 10 and 8. She learned to sew because she has one leg shorter than the other, and subsequent hip pain, so can't earn her livelihood from agriculture. When I asked her if she had had polio, she laughed, and told me she didn't know, because she's never seen a doctor in her entire life. I'll have to wait until tomorrow to introduce you to more of the women, as this computer rarely lets me load more than one photo per post. Yesterday was a welcome exception!


  1. These women are so strong and always with a ready smile ... a lesson for us all.

  2. Hear, hear, Vivian. How humbling for us North Americans. I am truly inspired to use some of the African fabrics now.