Not only is there a scarcity of water in the marigots, but there is also a lack of drinking water in the villages. The same marigots are used for housework and now for fishing. Néré bark is put in the marigot (it’s a poison to catch fish), which makes the water unusable and cloudy, but the families still need the fish to feed themselves. There is a conflict over water: between those who fish and use this bark and those who need drinking water.
The woman also explains her husband’s poverty: they can’t afford to go to the markets to buy fish, so the women have to get by like this to be able to eat fish.