Our church site was located right off the main road through town - lots of mom and pop shops lined the same street. We saw welding businesses, little stands where women were roasting fresh corn on the cob, bike repair shops, bike washes, barbers, tailors, etc. We saw a couple of different places where there were piles of white, vegetable-looking objects being peeled and then dried on big blankets. The next step in processing these "vegetables" is to grind them up into flour. Then the flour is weighed and measured carefully into plastic bags which are then sold. The people make bread out of this flour. I found out the name of the "vegetable" is "cassava." We actually saw this same flour in Rwanda. Anyway, the young man in the middle with the white vest on - he prayed to receive Christ on Tuesday. I believe his name is Pierre. I kept running into Pierre each day - sometimes he was covered in white flour from head to toe! This isn't the greatest picture, but you can see a little bit of white dust on his cheeks and arms. Here's the dictionary definition of cas·sa·va (kə-sä'və)
In both senses also called manioc, yuca.
- A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
- The root of this plant, eaten as a staple food in the tropics only after leaching and drying to remove cyanide. Cassava starch is also the source of tapioca.