Category Archives: Electricity

The streets belong to everybody

‘Did they ask you for permission?’ Ibrahim asks, returning home one day. ‘Permission? What for?’ I replied in surprise. ‘You’ll see’, he said when we walked to the courtyard gate. ‘Oh no, are they having another party?’, I asked noticing … Continue reading

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He made it!

A substantial part of the Malian population lives in villages. Most of this villages still have no running water or electricity and daily life focuses on the basic needs. Agriculture is all around and the villagers are more or less … Continue reading

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Energy consuming..?!

Mali does not (yet) work with a system of an annual bill for water and electricity. Every month a man knocks at the door to read the meters. Even though he does have some electronic device to register the numbers, … Continue reading

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The fridge story

Some things are as common in the west as they are uncommon in Mali. Take for instance a simple thing as a fridge. I don’t know of a family in a western country that doesn’t have a fridge in their … Continue reading

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Journeying, malaria, festival time and empty gas bottles

Mali Pays Dogon-hiking journey What to say? Our first 2011 journey was just awesome! We had the most wonderful guests and a great trip to Djenné, through Dogon Country and at our home base Ségou. How I love to take … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Sunday laundry day

Once a week, usually on Sunday, it’s laundry day at Papillon’s residence! Nanna, a local young lady comes over to do all the laundry. By hand that is, since washing machines are rare in Mali. Most Malian houses are not … Continue reading

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