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LE MARCHE

Le marché se tient en plein air, sur une grande place, au seuil de la ville au souvent au bord de la route. Les femmes sont exposées avec leurs marchandises aux intempéries de la nature [soleil, pluie vent, et ouragan]La présence des mouches qui circulent sur la nourriture non couverte, vous verrez les poissons, la viande, beignet et arachides sont étalés ensembles. Et pourtant c'est au marche que la cite offre sa plus belle foule a la recherche de la nourriture. Tous les produits du Congo sont la, vendeurs et vendeuses s'installent par terre, au milieu de leurs marchandises. La source de toute contamination par différentes maladies se trouve au marché. Or vous remarquerez aussi beaucoup de cas d'accidents de circulation causes de plusieurs morts, car les vendeurs marchandent avec leurs clients au bord de la route. Nos dirigeants font semblant de chasser le marche, sans même chercher une meilleure place ou les vendeurs et vendeuses peuvent s'installes pour n'est pas toucher aux problèmes de la réhabilitation de nos marches par l'Etat. Nous avons vraiment besoin d'aide concernant la réhabilitation de marches dans notre milieu surtout dans nos villages au sud Kivu en RD Congo.

English translation by PulseWire member MESSA

Markets hold in the open air, at the threshold of the town and often beside the road. Women and their goods are exposed to bad weather (sun, rain, win, and hurricane) flies rest on uncovered food. You could see fish, meat, puff puff, groundnuts being sold together. Meanwhile it is at the market place that everyone goes for food. All Congolese products are there, sellers sit on the floor between their goods. The source of several contaminations is the market. There are also, several deaths due to accidents because sellers bargain with their customers beside the road. Our leaders pretend sending them away meanwhile there is no where else available for them to settle, thus the reason why our markets need renovation. We are in need of markets renovation in the DRC especially in the South Kivu in DR Congo.

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MESSA's picture

Un problème

Bonjour

merci pour votre article et pour sa force descriptive.

A vous lire, l'on voit l'image que vous essayez de peindre dans la tête.

Bon courage

Ghnadi un jour a dit, tout finira bien par s'arranger, et si tout ne s'arrange pas, ce que ce n'est pas encore la fin. Femme, garde espoir!!!!

Ghandi once said it will all get well at the end, and if it doesn't get well, then it is not yet the end.
Wo

wakenge fifi namudumbi's picture

Réponse a votre commentaire

Merci beaucoup mon amie Messa pour la traduction .Je sais que nous aurons beaucoup a nous partager.Vous m'avait donner le nom de Lézard ?ce n'est pas mon nom SLVP ,j'ai beaucoup de courage mes amis.Merci.

wakenge fifi namudumbi's picture

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Merci beaucoup mon amie Messa pour la traduction .Je sais que nous aurons beaucoup a nous partager.Vous m'avait donner le nom de Lézard ?ce n'est pas mon nom SLVP ,j'ai beaucoup de courage mes amis.Merci.

MESSA's picture

Translation

Markets hold in the open air, at the threshold of the town and often beside the road. Women and their goods are exposed to bad weather (sun, rain, win, and hurricane) flies rest on uncovered food. You could see fish, meat, puff puff, groundnuts being sold together. Meanwhile it is at the market place that everyone goes for food. All Congolese products are there, sellers sit on the floor between their goods. The source of several contaminations is the market. There are also, several deaths due to accidents because sellers bargain with their customers beside the road. Our leaders pretend sending them away meanwhile there is no where else available for them to settle, thus the reason why our markets need renovation. We are in need of markets renovation in the DRC especially in the South Kivu in DR Congo.

Ghnadi un jour a dit, tout finira bien par s'arranger, et si tout ne s'arrange pas, ce que ce n'est pas encore la fin. Femme, garde espoir!!!!

Ghandi once said it will all get well at the end, and if it doesn't get well, then it is not yet the end.
Wo

William's picture

Unsettled market area

Dear Wakenge, thank you for sharing your story. It is good to let the public outside the DRC know of your conditions. Can't all the sellers find a place to set up your market that will be safe for you, as well as a place where people can find you to buy your goods? I understand everyone wants to be by the road, but it sounds like a safer, cleaner place could be found elsewhere. Work for change among the other sellers, you might be surprised.

wakenge fifi namudumbi's picture

Réponse à votre commentaire

Nous voulons bien connaitre et revendiquer nos droit mais,ici le problème est que seul l'autorité locale à le pouvoir de designer un endroit pour mettre le marché,malheureusement elle est souvent lente dans les actions,entre temps la population continue à souffrir.Nous avons droit de la protection par l’état .crions ensemble pour arriver à ravir nos droit .Merci beaucoup cher William pour cet amour si fort de communiquer avec nous.

William's picture

your marketplace

Thank you for your note about locating your marketplace. I like the idea of several of you agreeing to work together with the Authorities. Maybe with a larger representation of the vendors, he will be motivated to take action to protect you from traffic on the road. Best wishes for your success.

Hi,

Thank you. it is good to see that you recognize lack of an enabling environment to earn a decent living as a problem that affects women and to some extend, denies them the right to a dignified life. I commend you. The next step would be to lobby authorities to find these woman alternative work space or to mobilize the women themselves to actively demand to be relocated to a safer and cleaner environment from where they can trade their wares.
You talk about the unsanitary conditions under which food is sold here and i hear you and totally agree that this is a source of contamination and disease. I think that once a proper market place with the necessary water and sanitation facilities is found, this problem will be resolved.
I know this cannot happen over night given the many problems that your country is facing but even speaking about it here is a step in the right direction. I hope that someone in government, a donor or partner find this important enough to want to change the working conditions for these women.
All the best.
Liz

EWG

torilynnfox's picture

Hello Wakenge

So good to hear from you again. Thank you for sharing another testimony. I think it is very important to point out the issues with the markets. The people need a safe and healthy way to trade and find food. I hope that your speaking out will spread this issue about the internet for more to see. Perhaps someone in your government will take note to begin an initiative to create safer market conditions both for contamination of food products and accidents by the side of the road.

Keep sharing your stories and stay strong. Best wishes,

Victoria

amymorros's picture

A Market Revolution

Thank you for your story. This is a subject that I often do not hear a lot about so I am glad that you have brought it up.
Women do participate as businesswomen in the outdoor markets that are so prevalent in Africa. There are a lot of work hazards for sure. Please keep up your activism to make the markets safer and cleaner for everyone.

Amy
@amyinstl

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