We saw weaving in Tafi Abuipe, Bonwire and Gonja, a blacksmith in Gambaga, a peanut shelling machine (also in Gambaga), and the ubiquitous corn grinder.
Protocol normally requires a visit to the chief before wandering around a village. The chief at Diani told us of the problems facing the village - water a kilometer away, no medical facilities, a poorly equipped school, little work in the dry season from September to May and so on. With the help of the Peace Corps some villages had started ecotourism projects and so were deriving more benefit from tourism, but none were affluent.
Chief of Diani
Building styles vary. Dwellings, for the extended family are usually built to form a compound. They may be sqare or round, plain or decorated, with a thatched roof or a flat mud roof, but will always be cool despite the outside temperature. The compound will have storage but not toilet facilities - water is scarce in many parts and often has to be carried by women, usually in a bucket or bowl on their head, for distances of up to a kilometre or so.