“ Even if life is quite tough, I wouldn’t change anything. We have the basics: a home and water”
Name : Sindani Langanani Mollel
Gender : Female
DoB : Day and Month unknown, 1983
City of Birth : Emairete, Masai Village, Tanzania
Status : Married, 2nd wife out of 3
Family : 3 boys and 2 girls
Hometown : Emairete, Tanzania
Education : None
Job : Housewife
Religion : Catholic
Politics : –
As a child… How would you picture yourself at 30?
JOB – How did you decide to do this job? I stay at home all day with all the women of my village. I take care of my children, prepare the meals, clean and tidy the house and wash clothes. Sometimes, I go to sunday markets at Munduli (10 km away from my home). I never wondered what my job could be, as I got married very young – around the age of 13 (Massai women usually get married between 12 and 15 years old), and got children few years later, as soon as I could…
I never wondered what my job could be, as I got married very young – around the age of 13 and got children few years later, as soon as I could…
HOME / PLACE OF LIVING – Where you thought you would be living by now? I was born in a Masai village in Emairete, close to Munduli – Arusha. I never imagined my life outside of my village. Actually, I have never been further than Arusha…
Sindani and her last daughter spending time in her home village.
Sindani’s favorite place his merley his village… A beautiful Massai village located about 1 hour from Arusha.
Striking and memorable events…
IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE – (Sindani answered this question with a much more smaller scope than the world because she is not aware of what happens out of her village / region. Indeed, she is illiterate and doesn’t have access to information.) What strikes me the most are the decisions taken during the meetings in the village even if I do not have one in particular in mind. Like in many other tribes, Massai men often meet to solve the problems of the community: they discuss them together, give advices and then take collective decisions.
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT – I am so proud to be able to provide some my children with schooling. Actually, 2 of them are attending schiil. It is a big step forward for us – I did not have the chance to go to school myself. It gives our family a real hope for a better future… My children will be more likely to have a job if they are educated.
Looking back / Reviewing expectations
Sindani lives in this typical Massai house made of mud and straw.
Dinner in Massai villages are rather early. Sindani started to prepared dinner around 5pm.
30 years old, a turning point?
WHAT’S NEW? – Did you notice some changes since you are 30 YO? For me, being 30 means handling more responsibilities: taking care of a house, husband and children. It also changed my way of thinking. Before I did not ask myself many questions, whereas today I think all the time and I often wonder « what does the future has in store for my family and I? »
Being 30 changed my way of thinking. Before I did not ask myself many questions, whereas today I think all the time and I often wonder what does the future has in store.
CHANGES OR REGRETS? What are the things you would like to change? Even if life is quite tough: my husband doesn’t have job and we do not have any cattle* that would allow us to fulfill our needs properly, I wouldn’t change anything. We have the basics: a home and water…
(*For the tribes, the cattle represents the wealth of a family, the more cows and goats they have, the richer they are).
My Typical day
YOUR STORY IN 10 YEARS – What is the story you want to tell within 10 years? I would like to own around 20 cows – which represents much more money than I have today – in order to help my children… Even if I do not have any idea of the way to get it. I widh I could spend this money to pay the scholarship tuition for all my kids. I also would like to have 2 more children if our financial situation enables it.
THE WORLD IN 10 YEARS – How do you imagine the world you will be living in within 10 years? The main measure that the government should take for our community is to offer free education… That all children could go to school for free.Today, annual tuition fee (public schools) in primary school is around 100$ USD, in college around 300$ USD, much more than many families can afford. Private schools that usually offer a better education cost more than 800$ USD.
Fears and Dreams…
FEARS – What are you afraid of? I am afraid that, one day, our family would lack of basic needs such as food and water. Even if in our community, every family help each other, we are not free from hunger… as we do not have any cattle that we can to eat or to sell at the market.
ACHIEVEMENTS – What are the things you want to achieve? As I told you before, I want my kids to receive education at school, that is my main realistic goal.
DREAMS – What is your craziest dreams? I wish I would have more money, and that all the members of my family have a job.