Street Smart TZ: The ‘Madafu’ seller

The streets of Dar are full of hawkers as much as they can be annoying, I find that sometimes they impress my simple mind. To survive the cramped up city where everyone is on the go, they come up with practical yet superb ideas that simplifies their marketing woes. It can be a good looking paper bag, a loud mic or in the case of the coconut sellers a bike with hanging baskets. To me, these are our baby steps to becoming more innovative.

Madafu is swahili word for unripe coconuts (the singular is Dafu). Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.

Not long ago we used to buy madafu from walking hawkers but they now move with bicycles which allows them to cover longer distances. The ‘madafu’ seller’s bicycle has two hanging baskets to store the waste, these are later used as fuel for cooking; the larger basket is secured at the passenger seat, this holds the fresh madafu; the separation helps them keep track of the sells and reduces the work load once the day is done, no sorting is needed afterwards just put it down and store for the next day.

Spoons and straws:

Once they chop off the top so that you can enjoy the coconut water  they shape a quick spoon from the sides of the coconut to help you eat the meat; some even have straws.

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Facts about coconuts:

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history. — http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

So next time you see these guys, have some coconut:-)

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