Martha Marak at home in her kitchen. Martha built her house herself, she lives here with her children. Typical of kitchens in the region, she cooks on a floor-level stove that is closed at the back and open at the front. This type of stove has several advantages. It has two hobs, one for a large pan, the other for a kettle. This stove can accept long pieces of firewood without the need for them to be chopped up. For Martha, who has a heavy routine of manual labour, this is a significant saving of her time and energy. While the smoke can be bothersome it keeps the insects out of the house. Martha gets up at 4am, and without electicity she depends on the light from the stove in the early-morning darkness. Here, Martha is preparing a snack of mini-popcorn made from millet that she has grown herself. Martha's daughter Critika watches her mum.
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