Spend a hands-on day learning about traditional pottery in western Rwanda. The pottery cooperative consists of about 12 women and is located in the pine hills above town. This is the only pottery producing group in the region and each member produces on average about five or six pots a day. If you're up for a sunrise hike, arrive early and go down towards the shores of Lake Kivu (2km) with the women and a group of men to collect clay, then head back up to Mubuga sculpting and firing traditional pots, which are used for cooking and storing. Be prepared for rustic, and to get dirty. Chautal will work with you on various designs and sizes.
If it's market day, you may spend part of the afternoon at the cooperative's stall in town selling what's been made over the course of the week.
"Pottery helps me make a living and covers my necessities!"
Chautal is a hard working woman. She was born just south of Mubuga and moved in closer to town when she got married. She has three small children and supplements her pottery income with small-scale farming. They produce cassava and pineapple for household consumption and local sale.
Chautal is a member of a local pottery cooperative up in the hills above the town of Mubuga. She learned pottery as a child and it has been a main source of income for her family since. She makes five or six pots per day, selling each for about $0.75. She takes orders for specially designed pieces and works with the cooperative selling at the group's stall in the market.