Main Area

Main

Memorable day in the village

Memorable day in the village

During the Tour of Rutsiro, I spent a day in a remote village found in Kigeyo Sector. While in the area, I experienced life in rural Rwanda, acquired new skills and expanded my horizon.

I arrived early in the morning and got busy right away. My first order of business was to milk a cow. Then I boiled sweet potatoes for breakfast. Fresh milk and potatoes from the backyard kick-started this unforgettable day.

After breakfast, I went to the farm to harvest ingredients I needed for lunch. Under a watchful eye of my instructor, I used traditional tools to wash and peel food components — pounding and grinding them the way my grandmother used to do it. Finally, I prepared my own meal.

The fastest boy in the village was tasked to catch a chicken that ended up on my lunch table. As I stood there witnessing the poor roaster trying to outrun its predator, I hoped we will not trade positions with livestock in the afterlife.

After lunch, I went back to work. This time, I collected bananas and leaves. Then I dug a hole and buried the gathered fruits. According to the aforementioned instructor, it would take four days for the raw bananas to be ready for extraction. Since I didn’t have four days, I was allowed to dig out previously buried ripe bananas before completing the process of brewing my own wine.

Tour of Rutsiro is a 12-piece series scheduled to be published right here. As usual, the ensuing book will be donated to community libraries through Exposure’s Give Back initiative.

2023 EXPOSURE. All rights reserved. Designed by TheClick Team.