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after 6 months

Jobs are scarce in Zanzibar, especially for women. Eking out a living is back-breaking work and is a testament to patience. I was curious what this woman was digging out of the sand this morning. After all, I thought that most women here were just seaweed farmers. She is actually. It turned out that since it was not low tide, she cannot harvest seaweed. So the the water is too high for tide differences in East Africa are about 8 meters (compare that to the 1 meter in the Philippines!). So instead of being idle, she was recovering coconut husk that she buried 4 to 6 months ago. The coconut coir fibers she "processed" are apparently already “ripe” for harvesting. When they are this soft and pliant, the fibers can already be wound as rope or sold as mattress fill.

 

Paje beach, Southeast Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa

 

on being featured in The Glimpse ( part 1 and 2), a 5-man photo exhibit (blogged in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/ )

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Taken on November 9, 2005