Tea ladies are a neighborhood institution in Khartoum. They provide the place – a piece of shade and a place to sit – for the community to meet, connect and share a cup of tea. They don’t earn much at all, but they really are the glue that holds together communities.
Fatima’s tea stand is right outside our front door. And that’s given us a great opportunity to get to know everyone who lives and works in the neighborhood.
We wanted to thank Fatima for her service to the community, so we asked if there was anything she needed.
“Chairs,” she said, immediately! Fatima’s stools weren’t very comfy and she wanted everyone to feel at ease as they discussed neighborhood happenings and the news of the day.
It was an easy wish to grant. 30 minutes later we delivered a couple dozen chairs to an astonished Fatima.
“I’m the most happiest ever!”