Women travel for animal

Naheda Shaikh
Posted March 13, 2018 from India
With pastoralist women
Met some women to get information about their life
jewellery
jewellery : woman wear this heavy silver jewellery (1/2)

This time I am not writing about myself, I have been working with different communities, in my area, I meet different community, I love to know about people's life. I am sharing about the pastoral women of India. I have shared a pictures, I met them to know about their travel for the livelihood and for earning. 

Generally, they do not stay at home for entire year, the family keep travel, They come for the four months in a year, after rain when it must be green, one family have thousands of cattle they walk for their food, to feed them. It was so interesting for me that, human life dedicated to the animal. After rain they stay for four months, as it become dry the families starts walking on the road with their cattle, they have goat, sheep, and cow with them. Interestingly, they are not gender bias, I love the tradition of this families. Woman also have to walk on the road with their cattle. They stay for sometime at the place find food and walk again. It may not decide sometime that where are they going. but they keep walk. 

During meeting with women of the pastoral community, where they stay, they said, in open field they have to spend the entire year, as may be in open land under the sky. How strange..!!! when we think that, there may be no toilets, no bathroom even sometime no water. But, they find everything nearby area, and stay there. I asked women you do not feel scare in open space in night, they said yes we feel unsafe sometime but we do not have another option so we have to be brave. we help each other when we may in difficult time. 

The women wear beautiful traditional dress and jewellery which is very environmentally friendly, the silver bangle you can see in my hands they wear regular and they work in a field. They work in the field, feed their animal, sell milk and earn, they do not worry about the future or coming year. You can see their happy faces, when I met them, they were at home that time, may me they are travelling while I am writing this, because the hot dry days start now here so animal can not get green graze, what they want to feed. I love this community dedicated to animal for entire life. 

 

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jlanghus
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Hi Naheda. Thanks for sharing your lovely and interesting story. I love the photos and story of these nomadic women. I agree that their jewelry and clothing is beautiful and so are their lovely smiles. I definitely think there is something to be sad for the simple life. Somehow I don't think they have the latest iPhone, and most likely don't miss it either:-) Do you have a blog for all your stories, since I know you like to write?

Naheda Shaikh
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Hi, Jlanghus,
Thank you so much for liking my story, yes that is true, they do not have idea about the technology and when they travel only use simple phone in these days to communicate with their other family members.
I have blog but not writing regularly, I don't know I find this place interesting to share my stories. :)
Thank you,

Regards,

Naheda

jlanghus
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

You're welcome:) My pleasure. Yes, of course... please continue to share your stories on here. I just wondered if you had one to share, and/or so that you had more exposure.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Thank you so much Naheda for sharing the story of these beautiful women with us. Their love for their animals is so wonderful.

Naheda Shaikh
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Yes dear, the world is so different isn't it?
I feel most of the human only like materials but this community in entire world they like and love animals.

Thank you for inspiration.
Love
Naheda

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 14, 2018
Mar 14, 2018

Hi Naheda
Thank you for sharing this story about pastoral women. It is very interesting to learn that this the life that they lead. It's the life that they know and so they need to be more empowered so their culture is not endangered. This is very interesting. Keep posting more of these interesting stories.
Sisterhood forever

Naheda Shaikh
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 15, 2018

Hi Anita,
Thank you so much for inspiration.
Regards,

Naheda