Friday, September 3, 2010

Taking Care of Business(es)

My camera is still down, but one of my co-workers snapped a few shots yesterday while we were conducting surveys with current and past small business owners. The survey asks about household income and expenditures and nutritional status, which means we get to measure the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) of all children under 5 we can find. Yesterday's children were relatively calm; some of them shriek like crazy, as if we were coming at them with machetes rather than string and measuring tape.

We're asking for a lot of data in these surveys, and we have to complete a lot of them. So that our interviewers and interviewees both don't get totally bored, we've tried to keep things as engaging and interesting as possible, using pictures (especially useful for the illiterate majority of our respondents) and interactive evaluation tools.

For more photos, click here.


  1. Wow..interesting photos! Are those piercings on some of the people's faces? (I think you might have mentioned them before, but I forget). Ezra was talking about you today. We have a video of us on the beach in Gloucester, and you're putting on your coat, so he always talks about "Emily putting on her coat." Hope you're feeling better than in your last post! Miss you.

  2. Not piercings. Scars. A traditional way of marking coming of age, from what I'm told. Some of the more "modern," educated types don't have them. Oftentimes it's dots for the women and lines for the men, though some of the women have stripes as well.


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