Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Thursday, 16 September 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.

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