This is a collection of 35 photos of how things are sold in and around our villages. Some of of the photos are new and others are from earlier posts and sections within this website. I took the spider photos in Kompong Cham province, the frog photo in Kratie town and there is also Prey Veng Market which is our nearest large town 90 minutes away by motor bike.
First, you have to understand just how basic our villages are. This is how we cook in the house where I live. There is no running water or mains electricity. In this house I have installed one solar panel for lights at night. I’ve installed a toilet in the house and the ladies do the laundry on the toilet floor. Mostly, fish aren’t bought, they are caught. This is a photo which you’ll also find in the village life section. As water recedes from the irrigation holding dams the children feel for tiny fish and snakes. The man with the white electric stick is there to kill snakes that bite the children. Those small fish are then gutted and salted to supply family protein. With good planning, some fish are kept to grow. This is Chanthou in June 2014 washing fish with ground water pumped into large pots. These pots also take rain water. This photo is also in the Village Life section. Nat prepares rice for cooking.
If you know this website well, you will know that there are many photos of rice planting, growing and harvesting – so our families don’t have to buy their source of carbohydrate – rice – everyone grows it. In this earlier photo the man is walking past our second school building carrying hundreds of rice seedlings ready for planting.
Next – some photos of our various home grown tuck shops at the schools.
In the three ‘ant’ photos the children show us how to eat ants. These are sugar ants and are naturally sweet. Indeed and fortunately a lot of the village food is ‘free’ – weeds growing in water courses, all manner of insects from ants to cockroaches and crickets; and frogs and tiny fresh water crabs.
All towns have a market (phsar). This is PreyVeng Market -
The next few photos are goods being taken to market or in some instance brought to the villages to sell directly.
We could fill the website with pictures of vast loads being carried on small motorbikes.. Here is just one – Bananas on the way to market.
People on bicycles and motor bikes come to our villages to sell, ice cream (frozen condensed milk), pork, chicken and beef – all covered in flies with no refridgeration of course, pots pans, clothes, material – everything imaginable.
two stroke petrol for motorbikes is for sale from small Pepsi bottles. Sadly petrol costs what it costs elsewhere in the world so in our villages one litre of petrol is the equivalent of a full days wages for a family.
And the last photo today – in our villages – the travelling raw tobacco salesman. Checking the weight herself, the lady buys one kilogram of cigarette tobacco for US$1… Yes One dollar…. and no it doesnt encourage everyone to smoke. I know few people in Cambodia who smoke and almost no young women who smoke.
In late August I’ll give you a full update from the villages – particularly progress with the GUESTHOUSE for visitors and volunteers. We have spent some months, first buying and preparing the land and then slowly but surely buying the wood, sand, cement and tiles ready to start building. Building has started!