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Indagare contributor Elena Bowes recently traveled to Rwanda for a journey hosted by Women for Women International. Here is her dispatch from a trip that deeply effected—and changed—her.
I wasn’t sure if the women farmers were giggling at my outfit or technique as they followed me through the tall, thick rows of corn stalks in the green Rwandan countryside. Outfitted with Cath Kidston gardening gloves, my daughter’s hiking boots and a floppy straw hat, I was most definitely a newbie to this environment. After weeding with a long unwieldy machete in the baking African sun for half an hour, I was ready to cry uncle and ask how to say “tea break” in Kinyarwanda. Farming is hard. In fact, life is hard in Rwanda for many women who struggle to support their families through a variety of low-paying jobs like farming or making jewelry or baskets. Earning a dollar a day is an achievement for the women we met.
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