I blog what I observe around me, and I end up writing on a wide range of subjects including cultural tourism, customs and traditions, travel, and mountaineering. Specifically, what happens in and around the village of Butiama, the birthplace and final resting place of Tanzania's founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.
Butiama Bed & Breakfast
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Before and after photos of a section of Butiama
On 3 June, 2008 I pointed my camera north and snapped the photograph, below, of a section of Butiama village.
Last Monday, I pointed my camera in the same direction and took another photograph and compared the two to find out whether there was any significant change.
I noticed some changes: (A) a new road has opened up (B) the owner of this homestead has cleared up some space for further possible land developments (C), (D), (E), and (F) appear to be new buildings that were not in the original photograph. The arrow on the bottom of the right corner points to on-going construction of another house.
From the restricted perspectives of the images, one can make two conclusions: first, this part of Butiama is seeing some development, evidenced by the new road and additional buildings, and 2. some of the residents of this area have accumulated enough savings to enable construction of new dwellings.
I am wondering whether the road project may be linked to the elections in October. The ruling party, Chama cha Mapinduzi, might claim credit for the fact that there are more houses than from two years ago. If residents can save enough income to build houses then it suggests they are generating a surplus and are living above the poverty threshold.