|Lady making herb bundles|
We visited the home of an elderly couple who had lived in the village all their lives. He was tending some young vegetable plants in the garden and she was preparing bundles of herbs to take to market the next day. Their home was very basic with an earth floor and a straw roof and a sleeping area curtained off from the rest of the living space. Both of them were smoking water pipes as they worked!
In another house, we were shown the corn spirit distillation process which happens in most village homes. Corn cobs are stacked up and dried for several months before being cooked in a giant wok for a few hours with sugar. The cooking liquid is then poured off into large plastic barrels which are covered with plastic bags and left in the sun to ferment. Later, this liquor is distilled into a clear spirit which comes in at a hefty 70 - 90% proof! We witnessed several of the village men who had clearly had one or two too many shots at lunchtime!!
You can see more of my photos of the village here.