Little girl at the marketEvery Wednesday I go to nearby Shinyanga town to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and other items needed in the Guest House. As always there are many sights and sounds to take in. I always have my Nokia ready to take photos. Last week I snapped this little girl (above) and her brother (below). Their mother, a stall holder, had just made a lot of money from me (10 kg tomatoes, two green cabbages, two watermelons, 15 kg onions) which I hope goes towards caring for these tiny tots. I also gave her money to buy them a snack of mandazi (African donut) and milk.
Her young brother
A few minutes after this photo, these two children went off into the interior of the market. I asked the mother if she was concerned about this, but she just shrugged and continued to tend her stall
Around the corner is a stall I support every week as well. I buy Chinese cabbage, green peppers, cucumber and carrots from this friendly mama
Last week my friend, Amanda came to Shinyanga with me. (More about this tomorrow) She was amazed at the large quantities of fruit and vegetables I buy every week. She reckons I'm probably the market's best customer! I do remind the stall holders that I'm a regular and they're not to exploit me because I'm a Mzungu (foreigner/European)
I buy my potatoes from this lady every week: 20kg
Above men package my bananas, mangoes and pawpaws. After I'd taken this photo, I had half a dozen other men clamoring around me asking to take their photo! I politely declined.
I have also "taught" the stall holders, especially the men, not to shout at me. For instance, while I'm buying two dozen apples, the other men would harangue me to buy their oranges/pineapples/avocado pears. They seem to understand now that I try to support every one of the fruit vendors as much as I can.
Mwadui Shopping Centre!
Back in Mwadui, William stopped at the "Shopping Mall" where I buy two dozen loaves of sliced bread from the bakery.
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.