Where I've Worked
In Cote d'Ivoire I was researching the constraints women face when looking for jobs in rural areas. I was specifically interested in how far they had to travel to work in cashew factories, and heard inspiring stories about how they overcame social, cultural and economic barriers to get to work each day.
Malawian women farmers welcomed me so warmly into their homes with traditional song and dance. Through focus group discussions, we talked about the opportunities and challenges for employment at various stages along agricultural supply chains. They shared examples of their resilience, resourcefulness and hard work - on the farm, in the household, and at the local market.
The artisanal women of Benin make treasures from the clay of the earth. But with limited resources and machinery their pots take weeks, and even months, to dry. Lack of access to markets in rural areas also reduces the amount of money earned from each pot. This negatively affects both the timely payment of school fees for their children and the microfinance loans to their lending circle.