We have another very very good handing over. The mangoes are ready up country and it is a very busy time for the women groups on drying. The whole handing over started with lots and lots of drying - buckets full of mangoes ready to put in the dryer.
In Nyodema Kafo they have 210 women but they are very well organised and all willing to dry together and keep them as a group product. Come August, they can decide what to do, if they are very hungry they will not sell any but will share it among the houses but am very worried if they can do as they say without problems because it is a very large group.
In Kaira Kafo the group is very small with only 45 members including men. The men are very good during the meeting and explain how they will arrange there to be enough dry mangoes for all the compounds. This makes me feel very happy and I will be even happier if they do as they say!
Things are going very well with men and women working together during the drying process and happy to keep the dried fruit for the rains.
We will not be doing another trek until on the 19th, when we will be doing food training in Foni.
Whilst getting ready to finish, I had a call about a funeral in a village near Kayabor of the man who was very actively involved in the village’s honey scheme. A great shame, for his wife and four children.
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