Violet is one of our grandmothers. She joined Chikumbuso's grandmother project in 2009. Violet's husband died eight years ago, shortly after he retired from his work at the University of Zambia. Violet herself used to sell cooking oil and other items at the local market while her husband was at work. They had 10 children together, but only two are still alive today. Both children live in Ng’ombe, as Violet, but they do not come to see her very often. In total Violet has 18 grandchildren. The four who live with her are from one of her children who passed away. She lives in a two-room house without electricity supporting her four grandchildren. The rains are beginning again, the weather cooling, and the fuel efficient stoves make a big difference not just in cooking, but also in warming their small house.
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