Tuesday, September 8, 2009
There has been rain on most days for the past couple of weeks so maybe the short rains have started in earnest. At least a bit of rain is better than none. There are many crops that are at the stage where they need rain badly. But some areas, apparently, are threatened with flooding. It's so disconcerting to be in a place where a long drought can turn into a devastating flood.
But we were in Bondeni for a meeting of members of a support group. They get together to discuss matters of common interest and share experiences and advice about things like microcredit, farming, income generating schemes and anything else that can be of help to the group. Well, it was a long haul for me, I admit. The meeting was due to start at ten but I was assured that if I turned up at 11 it would just be taking off. We got there before 11, started at 1130 and it was nearly 1400 by the time we finished. That's a long time to sit on a bench made for very small children.
As for the income generation schemes discussed, they included the usual things: hens, cows, bead jewellery, crochet and market gardening. Apparently hens are old hat and people are being advised to buy dairy cows. Of course, most income generation schemes only really get off the ground if the person or people involved work very hard and have a fair amount of luck. Some of these ingredients can be in short supply. But I'd like to come across people who are doing something different to generate income, something that people all across the country are not doing. But when I come across such schemes, I'll be sure to post them up here.