Women go to the market at least once a day to buy the ingredients needed to prepare one or two meals (fish, tomatoes). Buying provisions in advance is difficult because it is hot and many families do not own a refrigerator.

Tomatoes are sold in bulk. Depending on the size of the pile of tomatoes and their freshness and quality, the price can vary. This sales’ method is used for a number of products and avoids having to use scales. It also allows for the purchase of very small quantities.

This stall sells rice and millet, grains which are diet staples, as is the curdled milk sold alongside. The curdled milk is kept in a calabash (the gourd of the calabash vine, cut in two, hollowed out, scraped and dried), and is protected from flies by a piece of cloth. It is ladled out with a half gourd whose shape resembles a dipper.

People also carry calabashes on their heads to bring home their purchases.

Similar small stands can be found in front of private houses because many women run small businesses to improve their living conditions.
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