WOMEN OF ZANZIBAR
The business of seaweed
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On the island of Zanzibar, in the village of Jambiani, seaweed is grown to be used in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.
This business started 10 years ago to revive the archipelago's economic activity. The men proved too restless to get involved in a long-term project, so the women decided to give it a try. The former clung to their fishing and trading activities, while the latter obtained money and recognition.
Today, women are reaping the benefits of their efforts and do not intend to stop there. They are learning new techniques, overcoming their fear of water and negotiating to become even more independent.