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This is to give you a sense of what goat -shopping is like in Tanzania.  There is no goat store, no goat farm and certainly not a goat stockyard!  With the help of a goat expert, Moses and a truck we went into the bush to get a goat here and a goat there.  All in all we were able to buy 19 that day.  21 more goats will be gotten by our “expert” and distributed to the women in the villages.  Here you see Jessie in her element ~ leading a goat to a truck.

We are still working on our photos which just don’t tell the story.  For all who bought goats, a million thanks.  You made a wonderful thing happen.  We hope it will be as successful as the pig project.

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After 33 1/2 hours travel time Jessie and I are back in North Carolina.  Home never looked so good.  We live in palaces!  There is so much to think about and write about.  At this point in time I think we both want to keep Karimu  going.  It, with your help, has made a difference in many lives.  

I am bummed because I had no access to internet over there and still am not getting e-mails at home.  Have I been hacked?  This little post may not go either.  

Jessie has kept you posted on our goings and comings over there.  Your prayers meant so much to me.  Love to all, Tally

 

 

We crossed into Uganda yesterday, border crossing interesting as we had to go through three small buildings and our driver an additional building, meanwhile cows crossed back and forth with no problem!

Both countries and beautiful being volcanic, mountains, mostly “sleeping” all but one. Staying in a lovely hotel over looking lake Bonyoni from our balcony.

We have visited women’s empowerment centers in both countries, and truly believe Karimu’s model works best, as once the women have repaid their loan and lent it forward, they afre then totally on their own in terms of earnings.  Others we have looked at depend on tourism, co-ps, etc.  Want to study this further, but at least for the rural women in TZ what they are doing is effective.

We are weary travelers now.  the rest of the journey will be for touring, a game drive in Queen Eliabeth Park  and again in the morning.

Jessie

 

 

 

 

 

Our second day in Rwanda.  Tally and I both are almost overwhelmed with so many experiences and sights that it is hard to process it all.

Kigali, the capitol of Rwanda, is practically brand, spanking new!  Beautiful new buildings, roads, landscaping, it looks more like LA than Africa.  And, clean!  No plastic bags are allowed in the country for starters.  After the genocide in 1994, this devasted, broken country had to rebuild its culture, people and infrastructure.  The Parliment is 50% women and because of this, itis a more balanced country of empathy and commerce.  to pay for all that has been done, the taxes are high.  they have a 18% VAT, import tax, property taxes, (newly imposed and not liked) income tax.  So much rebuilding, sorting out land for the refugees who had to flee during the genocide, high emphasis on education, a national health care system for all.  At some point, the taxes may get to high to support healthy capitalism, always a tricky balance.

today we worked with some rural women, if I can ever download photos, you will see Tally and I cooking, and I chopping wood and working on the farm.  Tally will amaze her doctors with photos of where she walked today and yesterday with her new knee.  My hip is feeling the stress of the unpaved, bumpy roads, I worry my screws are coming loose (no comments please…for those who think they already have).

I asked our guide to take us to an art gallery.  am getting weary of being so emmersed in the tough lives of the people, I wanted to see something beautiful and modern.

The face of the poor is pretty much the same the world over.  Being with the women today, it wasn’t the hard labor they face daily that I found so depressing.  We work hard in the States, maybe not so physically hard, but long commutes, long hours at work, etc.  What gets me down is the dismal living conditions.  Awful dark, houses with no furniture, lighting, nothing pretty to give comfort or joy.  They are mere shelters and not even good ones at that.  Jail cells are better than these.  One of the biggest joys for we Western women is to see how the women in our projects in TZ have improved their homes, potted plants beside the doors, an occasional picture of something hanging on the walls.  Of the various schemes we have seen for women, we are coming to believe our model for women’s empowerment is a really outstanding one.

IMG_5288 As I have mentioned, these are big goats and won’t be walked by taking of their front paws and dragging them, so the women took off part of their kangas and use them as leashes.  Very Stylish goats!!!

 

We are in Dar es Salaam now, just had lunch in the hotel diningroom, fun working out the tip on a 86,785.00TS bill. simple math, really, but OY!  Nap time.  JessieIMG_5270

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