Beyond sweat and stones.
Sitting under trees, hammers swinging in different directions, with stones flying around, the women of Ogele (WHERE?) break rocks in the Quarry for survival. They work endlessly from dawn to dusk only to end up with 4,600 Naira once in every 4 days. Their only tool are hammers with handles sourced from trees around. Danger looms as there is no form of protection. Their biggest worry isn’t the danger, but the ability to cater for their kids so they don’t get trapped in the same vicious cycle. What will tomorrow bring? Pain and suffering, or pleasure and comfort? Beyond sweat and stones focuses on the daily struggles of :
Halimata is a 45-year- old mother of five. Her main source of income is the Quarry work, breaking rocks into smaller pieces with just a hammer and her bare hands. She started the job 20 years ago. Her husband, a driver, spends most of his time out of the house. Halimata works everyday including Sunday, so as to meet up with her financial needs.
At the moment, her children have to take turns going to school due to the fact that she can’t afford a full payment of all their fees. Her husband barely supports. She hopes that someday, she will be able to get out of this cycle.
My aim for carrying out this project is to highlight the struggles of women as breadwinners and caregivers of their families. Education is a very important part of life; these women will do whatever it takes to make it a reality for their children.