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The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn

Tidwell, Mike

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ISBN 10: 1558210784 / ISBN 13: 9781558210783
Published by Lyons Press, New York, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn

Publisher: Lyons Press, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Recounts the author's two-year experience with the Peace Corps in Central Zaire

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As a Peace Corp volunteer, Mr. Tidwell spent two years in the grasslands of south central Zaire trying to teach the benefits of fish farming in some of the poorest villages on the continent. His task was not easy. One villager was convinced that fish would stock the ponds naturally, since they come to earth in raindrops. Others suspected that the ponds were just another way for whites to exploit black labor. When he finally made headway, the fish farmers gave away nearly half their harvest to relatives, and Tidwell learned one of many powerful lessons: tradition takes precedence over profits. While the tragic poverty and disease faced by the villagers was daunting, Tidwell found that their adherence to heritage and their celebration of tiny triumphs and daily satisfactions revealed a life richer than he had ever known.

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