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The Zinder bush is not only vast and beautiful,

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…but a place full of discovery.

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Did you know for instance in that date palm [Phoenix dactylifera] petioles are used to make local beds?

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I’ve known them as “Hausa beds” all my life, and they are very beautiful – as furniture made of 100% natural material always is.

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On our ride yesterday afternoon, we passed the village of Mandara, where the farmers were busy making Hausa beds under an open sky.

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The village was divided into two groups:

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One that straightened out the petioles across the fire…

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…and one that bound together the beds with raw hide string.

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I love how the whole village was involved,

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…and how serene it looked to work out in the open, surrounded by fresh air and good company.

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People often think of Niger as a place with no opportunities, but there are plenty to do for those who want to live off the land.

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Hausa beds not expensive to make, easy to produce and sell easily at the market. The villagers of Mandara have it going for them!

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