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Village Shops

photo by DKJ

The bicycle shop was set up after my arrival. It was welcomed by all bicycle riders as a convenient place to have small repairs made, or just to get the tires re-inflated. This picture also shows the new pavement and roadside sewers that were another improvement after my arrival, although the need to restraighten the road grid when it was paved meant many fences, pigsties, latrines, and other intrusions into the public space suddenly came in for public scrutiny and needed to be moved out of the way.

photo by DKJ

Many people try their hand at commerce from time to time. This roadside butcher shop beside it's owner's house did not have a long life, and did not represent a large investment, but was an attempt to provide a legitimate service while supplementing the family income. In a hot climate without refrigeration, a butcher shop can be a higher-risk business if commerce is not brisk.