has become more sophisticated over the years, but is still a workhorse. In rural areas they are expected to (and do) carry anything and everything. To their drivers and turnboys, they are never full.
A balancing act …
To attract the customers along the highway. Potatoes, though not the staple carbohydrate food (this is maize meal), are produced in large quantities in the highlands; mainly Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia.
The humble bicycle …
still has a role to play in daily life, though now almost displaced by motorbikes (boda boda) for local, short-distance transport. Actually, the “bisekeli” are far safer for human loads. This happy lady would seem to agree.
The bike workshop
A “jua kali” (strong sunshine) enterprise can be found in all towns and villages. When spare parts are not available, they are improvised.
The traditional homestead
The closely arranged huts of the homestead have wattle & daub walls and grass-thatch roofs. They are cool in the day and warm at night; ---- much more functional and attractive than their modern “mabati” shack replacements.
A woman’s work …
Is to cut the sheaves of grass and carry them (often over long distances) to the homestead. The men are responsible for the thatching.