The group used disposable cameras to take pictures of themselves and their families.
We were very moved by the intimate pictures they brought us of their home and working
lives. They worked with a friend, but none of the women had used a camera before.
Most of the group earn $1 a day (50p) breaking rocks. Some are paid by the land owner
who then sells them on for road and house building, others sell direct. They work
in family groups so even the smallest children contribute. This means that they then
can't go to school.
Families Work Together
Familes work long hours together in very harsh working conditions for the meager
wahes of $1 a day! No matter what their ages, the women and children contribute to
the family budget by carrying heavy rocks long distances.
Training to earn a living by sewing was the group's first choice. There are now 3
treadle machine, bought locally and one hand sewing machine which we took with us
from the UK. Trainees start by hand sewing a book of 'patterns' of a variety of basic
collars, sleeves, pleating and gathering styles. They also learn to sew in straight
and curved lines.
Rockhill is a busy, friendly community. Children hold our hands as we walk up the
road to the school where the group meets. Outside their houses, families prepare
food, repair things, sew and care for their own and neighbouring children.
Rockhill is fortunate in having a good water supply for most of the year, but in
the dryest months, the well at the school where we meet runs dry, even though it
has been re-dug with the help of money from another Swansea group which supports
The children loved seeing themselves on the digital camera.