If the season is not good, the women of Monzona resort to activities such as making brooms, sponges, traditional toothbrushes and baobab fruit to sell and support themselves. The sponge is made from the branches of the roan tree, which the women fetch from the bush. These activities make up for the lack of profitability due to a bad winter.

But these activities bring in little profit and are hard work. You have to travel more than 10km to fetch branches of the roan tree.

A market garden has been set up as a solution, but that doesn’t stop some women from continuing with these activities.


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