One reason we joined the Peace Corps was to experience life the way the majority of the world’s population does – no hot water heaters, no indoor plumbing, and no major appliances. We got our wish. We live in rural Tanzania, 3-4 hours from paved roads. No one in our community has running water. Women … More How to Give Yourself a Pedicure Without Running Water or Electricity
Over 50 million people from more than 125 ethnic groups live in Tanzania. In People of Tanzania, we share their stories in their own words.
Our first visit to the commercial district of our town was a disappointment. Most businesses were padlocked shut, their closed doors reminding us of the dying Main Streets littered across rural Indiana. The scant handful of open stores weren’t selling anything we wanted, just dried anchovies, baskets of fly-covered flour, and household supplies like soap … More Finding the Informal Economy
One of the things we love about living in Tanzania is learning Swahili. Over 100 million people speak Swahili, making it the sixteenth most spoken language in the world. More people speak Swahili than Italian, Korean, or Vietnamese! Even though many people speak Swahili, it’s not widely known outside of Africa. Before we joined the … More Swahili Snippets: Introduction
The other night, we were woken up by a rat scurrying around our house. A disgusting, disease-carrying, fruit-stealing, home-invading rat. After we finished panicking, we vowed to get a cat. This was harder than it sounds. We headed over to our nearest neighbor, Mwalimu Devon. She stops by our house every day to greet … More A Kuku for a Cat