Made in China…

It doesn’t really matter where on earth you are, the Chinese will most probably be around, selling lots of cheap stuff in a rather questionable quality.

Mali is no exception, unfortunately. Whatever you find on markets and in the small stores will most probably be ‘moins cher’ and therefore of an inferior Chinese quality.
The prices being lower here than in western countries means also that the quality is even less than you’ll find there.
Most Malians will not even realize this, since they do not use most of it, their houses not being equipped with water and electricity. And other than that they do not know of any other quality.

It is as it is. You buy something, it breaks down, you throw it out and buy a new one. And if you are lucky it lasts for a while. A while can be anything in between a few seconds and maybe six months. Having been in the house for about seven weeks now, we’ve replaced almost all water taps, had some bursting water pipes, threw out several door locks and even had to replace the mains.
A non working mains is similar to a disaster over here with all the taps and pipes breaking down. We already had a few fountains…
Bulbs are another challenge. The quality is inferior and the electricity supply varies quite a bit. The average life time of a bulb is less than a month, some not even making it for two days.

After the mains was replaced yesterday morning we finally could replace the leaking tap in my bathroom. Sure enough the new one came with a leaking flexible. It took Amadou a while to convince the seller that he had to replace the flexible without additional costs (no guarantee on whatever you buy here and shop owners get quite furious that we do not accept that…) and sure enough it didn’t fit. Shop closed yesterday evening and this morning Amadou got a new flexible that fits, but leaks… Meaning the problem still hasn’t been fixed and we have had no running water for over 24 hours already.
I even have the impression that we were given again yesterday’s leaking flexible…
Soon Amadou will be leaving again, this time to return the entire tap with flexibles and hopefully in another shop he’ll be able to find another one. Fingers crossed and with a bit of luck we’ll be able to shower again tonight…

If only there would be one shop that would offer decent quality, I would be their first customer and more than willing to pay a bit more if that would take away the daily challenges.
Postive is that Amadou has turned into a handyman in a real short time and at least we do no more need non-qualified plumbers.

Welcome to Mali. Made in China I mean…

About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen:
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