Ezeleda Mwalyenga, 52, lives in Idifu village in Dodoma region, Tanzania. After her husband left her, Ezeleda started living with her daughter and her family. Ezeleda Mwalyenga and her daughter have some cows, goats and chicken. Idifu is a semi desert that lack water and receives very little rainfall. Due to these reasons there is not much agricultural activities. Men go far from the village to work while women try to find small works in the surrounding. As an alternative, some women collect honey from the forest or salt from the fields. The nearest salt field is an hour walk from Ezeleda’s house. For many women salt extraction is not easy as it requires lots of firewood to boil salt water to extract salt. Idifu has Bao Bab trees but the government has made strict laws against cutting them.
Ezeleda Mwalyenga was interested to have her photo taken while she saw a camera. After learning about her daily life and especially about salt extraction work, I asked her if she was interested to have photos taken of the salt extraction process. The photos were taken for two days on 25 and 27 July 2017. Before leaving the Idifu village, Ezeleda and her daughter Malia looked at the photos in a laptop. Some of the photos were presented to them.