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Ma Nkmo is a member of the Nambya tribe and lives in the village of Chisuma, close to the Zambezi Gorge, about 30 km downstream from Victoria Falls.

Like many other villages in this part of Zimbabwe, the village is spread out over an area of more than 50 sq km, with many families living in compounds that are about 1-2,000 sq m in size. I have posted a wide shot of part of the compound to the workshop to help you put this into context.

In Ma Nkmo’s compound there are six huts made of mud bricks with straw roofs. Each one serves a purpose. The one in this photograph is Ma Nkmo’s bedroom. There are separate huts for the living room, kitchen, and other bedrooms. There are no windows in the huts, just a single door, and they are very spartanly furnished because the villagers are poor. I have posted another photograph to the workshop of Ma Nkmo inside her living room.

Some of the Chisuma villagers work in the small lodge at which I stayed in Zimbabwe (Gorges Lodge), and it was through the lodge that I was able to make this home visit to meet Ma Nkmo and see how the Chisuma villagers live. This was not one of those ‘village tours’ that you see advertised in the tourist brochures. This was a private visit, enabled through the lodge’s connection with the village, and villagers take turns to host guests from the lodge who want to see a ‘real’ local village.

Mine was probably not the first home visit that Ma Nkmo had hosted because she was very relaxed showing me around her home, and was happy to have her photograph taken. I have sent her copies of my photographs.

PP: Cropped from a 12 mm wide angle shot, adjusted levels, and sharpened.

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