The Women of Lemgo Sing to ‘Roots

March 2, 2013

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Rachel and Grace cheers with GIC Sondason employee, Guenolé, and Colette, the women’s delegate from Lemgo

‘Roots has been to traveling to several villages around Bafoussam to meet with women’s groups and educate them about financing and credit options. The way the women have quickly accepted us has left us inspired and motivated to keep doing our work. Our meetings are filled with laughter, much food, and in the end, extended goodbyes.

To begin the meetings, each person stands up to present themselves, ‘Roots gives their speeches, and we trek out to the fields to see the women’s work. After the meetings, we gather back together to feast. The mamas always make sure we leave with full bellies and some food to take back with us. We pile back into our taxi with bags of yams, our purses full of avocados, and pockets full of peanuts.

At one of our latest women’s meetings, in the village of Lemgo, I asked the women if they had a song that they sing to motivate themselves when they are out working in the fields. Here is the song they sang to us:

Translation:

Tata Sarah eats like ayyy-ayyyy, she eats organic,
Her fields are organic,
Her products are organic,
Her ehh-ehhh are organic, she eats always organic,

Madame Ngogo eats like ayyy-ayyyy, she eats organic,
Her fields are organic,
Her products are organic,
Her ehh-ehhh are organic, she eats always organic,

Tata Rachel eats like ayyy-ayyyy, she eats organic,
Her fields are organic,
Her products are organic,
Her ehh-ehhh are organic, she eats always organic,

Tata Grace eats like ayyy-ayyyy, she eats organic,
Her fields are organic,
Her products are organic,
Her ehh-ehhh are organic, she eats always organic.

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