[First posted in 2009, Updated 26 October 2011]
Pt. 1 of this entry explained how Batwa pots are made, and noted that as metal and plastic enter the market, the pots are being increasingly marginalized – thus further undermining the already fragile livelihoods of the Batwa pygmy communities of central Africa.
This entry will discuss what is being done by two organizations – Lutheran World Federation-Burundi (referred to as ‘LWF’ in this post) and The Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika- by way of assisting some of the Batwa communities here in Burundi.
In a separate blog I’ve put up a recipe for a popular, indigenous dish – one that tastes great when made in a pot such as this: A Tasty Congolese Relish with Manioc Leaves – Isombe y’umwamba
For the last couple of years the Hotel Club du lac has been purchasing Batwa pots to use throughout the hotel. This is being done with Lutheran World Federation, which is working with Batwa communities in eastern Burundi with improved housing and agricultural techniques.
Here is how we do it:
Everyone helps to wrap and carefully pack the pots in the back of the LWF pick-up, for the long trip back to Bujumbura. From the Batwa community in the East of Burundi, it is six hours travel to Bujumbura.
Some observations from older and younger members of the Batwa community with whom we are working:
An earlier post contains some of these pictures, but in a different context: Humanitarian Assistance & Neocolonialism
- Batwa Pots in Burundi: Traditional Clay Pot Cuisine, Pt. 1 of 2 (dianabuja.wordpress.com)
- Tureme 2 Group : Burundi (kiva.org)