It nearly seems impossible to reduce my life here in Tanzania to words, there are not enough superlatives to describe it. The incredible opportunity provided by The Small Things, who through their invitation opened these doors, I will be always grateful for.
Through images and words, I hope you are able to grasp some of the privilege, joy and wonderment that is my world here.
The hunger and passion for community cohesion and growth drives me as I spend my days learning, listening and speaking.
On March 11, I was at the Maasai Markets in Arusha and came across a group carving ebony. In chatting, I proposed that our studio possibly make local findings and components instead of cheap imported ones which was greeted with great enthusiasm. Before I knew it, I was embroiled in a conversation of whether Jesus is God. My response with a metaphor on water, ice and steam appeared to satisfy the group.
I felt a little saddened at the sameness of many of the dozens of stalls and the lack of tourists. I will return soon and purchase a couple of pieces from the ones that survived the fire of 3 years ago, I'm not sure why it impacted so much on me at the time. http://tanzanytales.blogspot.com/2014/11/sad-day-for-arusha-maasai-market.html. I ended up purchasing 2 paintings that were standouts in colour and execution.
Members of The Small Things family headed over to Moshi for the Kilimanjaro half marathon and 5km fun run. These following images tell some of the story.
Another delight is the constant changing of the moods of the mountains, from Meru to Kilimanjaro to my neighbourhood.
Another exciting day at the Tanz Hand Farmers Market where we are developing a great following of keen jewellery wearers.
The studios 3rd Tanz Hand Farmers Market and another wonderful day was had by all. Terrific observing my colleagues engage in retailing and discussion with the buying public, they all continue to grow in confidence and my respect for these folk increases daily.
The greater demand for our goods means a major rethink of out production methods and exciting possibilities are surfacing.
If you have managed to make it this far, Asante sana, it is such a delight and a joy to relive as I share these fantastic experiences of my life here in Tanzania.