If necessity is the Mother of Invention, poverty is the Father of Creativity. I have nice machines to do my laundry, but the ladies in the photo above do amazing work with dirty water and sandy soil.
A few weeks in Africa traveling for Outreach made me aware of the astonishing ingenuity of people with so little at their disposal. I have a shop full of woodworking tools and years of construction experience to go with it, so I understand how difficult it is for these artisans to make functional beauty.
Look at the following examples of creativity.
A welder. Notice the machine with coils- his welding machine.
A carpenter sawing rafters by hand –
A water well- with no electricity, some found rope, car tires and old bicycle rims make for a pump.
Block making machine- put some sand and cement in and you can build your own house-
Butcher with razor sharp knives –
A mobile Quick Trip-
Making your own storage baskets –
Hauling your own water supply –
Transporting chickens to market –
I am inspired by people who do so much with so little. I had a list of tools I thought I needed for my shop, but I erased them when I returned. Tanzanians inspire to do more with less!