During my visit in Northwest Zambia, I was struck by the ingenuity of the people in the Zambezi, Dipalata and Nyakulenga communities. Out of the few available material resources, community members had devised the tools and instruments they needed to farm their fields, cook meals, shelter their families and celebrate joyfully. The areas I visited had a high prevalence of poverty and disease, but an equally high prevalence of inventors and skilled workers who were up to the challenge of caring for their households and their communities.
Living in an urban area in the United States, I take for granted the vast multitude of resources available to me at the click of a mouse or with a short trip (in my own car, down paved roads) to the warehouse store down the road. Just about anything I need, I can purchase—manufactured, assembled and usually even automated. In the rural communities I visited, the internet and department stores were out of reach, and so people found the answers within themselves.
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