Mubarak runs a small furniture business in Nalerigu on the hospital road. They build sofas, armchairs and beds out of wood, add latex padding, and then do the upholstery. Their little operation has about 8 employees and they display their finished products right outside on the side of the road. Like most craftsmen in West […]
These guys don’t sell stuff on the side of the road, they sell stuff IN the road. And these are really, really busy roads. In some places (like Accra, Ghana), I’ve heard the men are independent salesmen. They hit up a warehouse in the early morning and buy a bunch of whatever they think they […]
Most of the buildings in Nalerigu are simple made of mud bricks. They last a couple years (depending on the severity of rainy season) and then they are rebuilt. Unlike dilapidated homes in the US that slowly fall apart and rot, the mud walls just slowly dissolve until after several years the structure becomes just […]
When I ran into this carpenter in Nalerigu, the sun was setting and he was finishing up his day’s work. He was working on a support beam for his family’s home. He didn’t speak English so we didn’t talk much past the greetings. I did end up setting my camera down and helping him by […]
I hung out at one of the mechanic shops in town the other day, chatting with the young men working there. The sun was going down and the light was nice for portraits.
“He is the lottery agent. She is gambling.” That was the answer to my question asking what was going on. Outside of a family compound was a simple wooden table with a guy seated at it writing down numbers on a carbon copy notepad. A woman leaned over, handed him 50 pesowas (25 cents) and […]