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                           Woman's Work Series


 

Unpaid domestic work – from food preparation to care giving – directly affects the health and overall well being and quality of life of children and other household members. The need for women’s unpaid labor often increases with economic shocks, such as those associated with the AIDS pandemic or economic restructuring. Yet women's voices and lived experiences – whether as workers (paid and unpaid), citizens, or consumers – are still largely missing from debates on finance and development. Poor women do more unpaid work, work longer hours and may accept degrading working conditions during times of crisis, just to ensure that their families survive.

Kenyan women provide the largest measure of labor at the village level. They are the backbone of the rural economy. One of the factors helping to create this situation is that the gender division of labor assigns both productive and reproductive activities to women. At the household level women are responsible for collecting and carrying home water, fuel wood, and agricultural produce in addition to caring for the children's health and educational needs. Many women cannot rely on their husband, even if he is the principle income earner. Husbands don't put the family's needs first . Kenyan women who work outside of the home are expected to do all the work inside the home -cooking, laundry and raising the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 Rice Boil

Muhoroni, Kenya

2009



I watched this young woman prepare lunch for our group of visitors. Despite the unavailability of modern appliances and utensils, the food was perfectly chopped, measured, seasoned and cooked -including this pot of boiling saffron infused rice seen in this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph is available in a brushed gold wood finished  frame.

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Rice Fields
 

Nyanza Province, Kenya

 

2009

 

Rice is an important staple in Kenya, and demand is growing. Yet the country produces less than a third of what it needs, and relies on imports to make up the difference. In this picture, they women these women are tending to the rice fields in the afternoon sun.
 

                                          

 

  Photograph is available in a brushed gold wood finished  frame.                     

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                      This photo is also available in a 8' x 10" plastic frame.    

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Maasai Women

 

Nairobi, Kenya


 

2009

 

The Maasai women are responsible for all domestic tasks which include making their homes. Houses are made from mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and urine. The women also milk the cows, collect water (a heavy and arduous task), cook and look after the children. The Maasai women are as impressive as the men in their looks. Tall, slender and bedecked with large beaded necklaces and long braided hair. Here is a photograph of two carrying heavy bundles along a busy street in Nairobi. If you look closely, you can see one women helping the other women with her load. Even though this woman is overburdened with her heavy load she still gathered enough strength to lend a helping hand.

Photograph is available in a thick dark brown wood finished  frame.

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Siaya Woman and Child with Umbrella

 

Siaya, Kenya

 

2009

 

The infant mortality rate in Siaya is ten percent, one of the highest in the nation. The under five mortality rate is approximately twenty percent. One of the most serious effects of HIV and AIDS is the increasing number of orphans who are unable to fend for themselves after the deaths of their parents. Thirty-two percent of the children of Siaya are orphaned. These orphans require much material, social and psychological help. Unfortunately, thousands of these helpless children have been rejected by would-be foster relatives because of the stigma attached to AIDS and the inability to support the orphans. Theses children are extremely disadvantaged, distressed, and have no access to nutritional, health, educational and other social facilities and thus are doomed for the rest of their lives unless they get help.

 

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Gathering Corn

Kakamega, Kenya

2009

Kenya normally produces close to enough white corn to meet its domestic demand. However, a reduced corn crop in 2008, coupled with certain trade-restrictive policies, threatens to dramatically increase the number of food insecure Kenyans over the next few months. Most Kenyans prefer white corn flour to produce “ ugali” as part of their daily food intake. While the ugali consumption varies from region-to-region, on average Kenyans depend on white corn for almost 50 percent of their daily caloric intake. 

Kenya’s early 2008 post-election violence displaced many corn farmers, which slowed and diminished normal corn planting. Those who were not displaced planted late and reduced fertilizer use because of high input prices. Wet weather during harvest led to additional losses from an already reduced crop. 
 

 

 

              Photograph is available in a brushed gold wood finished  frame.

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 Farmer's Market


Nyanza Province, Kenya


2009
   

Farming is the most important economic activity in Kenya, although less than 8% of the land is used for crop and feed production. Less than 20% of the land is suitable for cultivation. Kenya is a leading producer of tea and coffee. Kenya is the third leading agricultural exporter of fresh produce, such as: cabbage, onions and mangos. Small farms grow most of the corn and also produce: potatoes, bananas, beans and peas.

Kenya is a hunger hot spot and it has been failing in food security for the last 20 years. The country's hunger situation is blamed on poor rains coupled with the global financial crises which has affected the tourism and horticulture industries' earnings resulting in layoffs as firms cut cost. People in rural areas who depend on subsistence farming and casual workers have mostly been affected, forced to scale down their calorie intake to one meal a day. People in rural areas do not have a strong voice as those in urban areas, so the situation may not get as much attention in rural areas.

Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

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Photograph is available in a brushed gold wood finished  frame.

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Photograph is available  in a black wood finished  frame.

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Pouring Molasses

Muhoroni, Kenya

2009

In Kenya, sugarcane is grown on fairly flat regions in the Western, Nyanza and Coast Provinces. About 85% of the total cane supply is from small-scale growers while the remaining is from the nucleus estates of the sugar factories. Molasses is an important by-product of the sugar industry and constitutes up to 6% of the total sugar cane milled.

Sugar factories are now closing due to a combination of bad debts, mismanagement and the falling price of sugar. The sugar industry has lost 16,000 jobs and an additional 20,000 jobs in transport and packaging. Kenyans consume more sugar than they produce. Most of the sugar being imported into Kenya is surplus sugar from other countries. It is being sold at a much lower price than Kenyan sugar costs to produce - leaving the local sugar farmers unable to compete.

 

Photograph is available in a brushed gold wood finished  frame.

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Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

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Laundry Day

 

Muhoroni, Kenya

 

2009

This photo was taken in the late afternoon of the first day of a women's conference in a small, western village of Kenya.. We expected standing room only at the small church, but when we arrived, there were hardly any women there. The church was filled with mostly men even though they were not invited.  The women didn't start arriving until later in the afternoon after completing their endless list of daily chores. Soon after this woman hung her laundry, she walked into the church which was just next door to her home.

 

 

 

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Laundry -Muddy Waters


 

Nyanza Province, Kenya

 

2009

A woman doing laundry in a stream. Clean water is a rare commodity in Kenya. In addition to providing unclean drinking water to the people of Kenya, the stream is used for bathing, cooking, caring of livestock and, of course, laundering the clothes.

 

Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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Barbed Fence Clothesline

 

Siaya, Kenya

 

2009

This is one of the first photos I took in the town of Siaya. I left my camera at the "hotel," so the driver kindly drove me back to retrieve it.  I spotted this clothesline when we passed it the first time but I was unarmed (without my camera) and missed the shot. As we were returned to this section of this winding, unpaved road, I shot this photo. This wasn't exactly what I wanted because I initially saw the scene from the other direction, missing the house in the background. But what I did capture was the hard work of the woman who tried hard to scrub these clothes clean despite the muddy water and the lack of cleansing agents available.

 


Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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 Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

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Clothesline Blue Bucket

 

Muhoroni, Kenya

 

2009

Items that we may dismiss as rags were laundered and gently hung to dry in the warm Kenyan sun.

 

 

 Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

 

 

Medium Brown Frame

                                                                                                     Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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                                                                          This photo is also available in a 8' x 10" plastic frame.

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Pots

 

Muhoroni, Kenya



2009
 

After preparing a delicious lunch for the church, the women decided to take a break and eat their lunch, leaving the job of washing the dirty pots for later.

 

 

 

Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

Medium Brown Frame

Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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                                                                                                     This photo is also available in a 8' x 10" plastic frame.

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  To The Fields

 

Siaya, Kenya

 

2009

 

These two women chatted as they walked to a local farm to work as field hands.

 

 Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

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To The Fields/Rear

 

Siaya, Kenya

 

2009

A rear shot of the women walking to the fields carrying hoes and barely anything covering their feet.

 

 Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame.

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                                                                            Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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Cow Herder

 

Siaya, Kenya


 

2009

A woman taking her cattle out to graze.

 

 Photograph is available in a medium brown wood finished  frame

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Photograph is available in a black wood finished  frame.

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Purple Dress


 

Siaya, Kenya


 

2009


 

I was standing on the roof of our “hotel” to get a 360 degree view of the village of Siaya when I noticed a woman in a stunning purple dress. I watched her walk at least a half mile around the town. I finally got a shot of her as she passed my roof top perch

 

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