Market day

selling-cakes-at-market-2013Most Saturdays we go to the market to get vegetables for the week, clean the house, wash the clothes and other thoroughly exciting things. But not today! Over the last couple of months, the girls have been making beaded coasters and different types of quick breads and muffins to sell at a small market in Nanyuki.  They have done really well and actually have people making orders for different types of breads. As part of their learning about having a small business, they get to keep a third of the money, they put some aside for supplies and the last third goes toward something they want to buy for the Imara Home. Once the deductions had been made each girl had about $10. This is good money in Kenya and it was “burning a hole in their pockets.”

The girls asked last night if they could go to the used clothes market (matumba) to spend their money. So this morning at 8:30 am we set off for the market. Eight girls, seven babies and three adults. Matumba is basically a garage sale the size of a football field. The clothes come from Europe and North America in huge bales and are sold in markets throughout Africa. If you know what you are looking for you can really find some nice things.  I saw a new looking Columbia jacket in the market that was being sold for $3.50.  Too bad it was too big.

We divided the girls into two groups and told them they had one-and-a-half hours to buy themselves some new clothes.  Off they went with money in hand. I was not in the market for clothes but was looking for material (sheets, duvets, etc.) that we can repurpose so I didn’t see what they chose. We gave them some parameters and set them free.

Buy the time they finished shopping they were exhausted.  We still had to buy veggies, but Jayne and I did it while they rested in the shade with their babies. Once we were all home (two taxis; we need to get a van) we had a small what-to-do-with-the-rest-of-the-day meeting.  They decided they wanted to make curried lentils and chapati for dinner.  Chapatis are the African version of a tortilla and are quite labor intensive.  After dinner they wanted to have a fashion show of all of their new clothes.