Reminder number two was stumbling out into the courtyard and watching Senhor Cipriano build a wood fire to heat up water for my bath. He asked what we were doing in Ribáuè, and I told him a bit about our interest in social enterprise and the Millennium Maize Mills project.
Angela, Diandra and I spent the morning exploring the village and reached a few conclusions:
- The village, situated along a single main road at the base of Ribáuè Mountain, is clean and well-maintained.
- We already like Ribáuè more than the cities (Maputo, Nampula)—less running water but also less pollution and fewer corrupt cops. Plus the landscape is beautiful.
- Everything is much cheaper here than in Maputo. Think one bunch of bananas vs. a single banana for the same price.
- The locals, from Senhor Cipriano to the woman who sold me oranges, generally seem much friendlier.
- Caveat: We are even more conspicuously out of place here, and the village children remind us by chanting "Macunha! Macunha!" whenever we walk by.*
But first, some photos:
|Seat of the FRELIMO Party District Committee|
|The dream team|