I had a really fun time building a clay oven in Mogotio with some of the women from the church there. These are the ladies I taught to bake cakes and scones during TLT earlier this year. And during the next TLT session, we decided to bake bread. So a small group of the women built the oven with me in October so it would be ready for baking in November.
Jane (the wife of Rev. John, pastor of this church and also a part-time teacher at Berea College), Dinah (the wife of the suffragan bishop of Baringo), and I spent a day building the base for the oven. It was fun because it was the first time either of them had mixed cement or built something like that. They felt confident about their new building skills by the time we finished that day!
This man, Mike, helped us gather the materials and cut a piece of metal to use as a frame for the oven door. I was super impressed at his skill in cutting the metal using a knife and a hammer.
A couple days later, I went back and a few more ladies joined to build the oven itself. They were hard workers and did great work. No one was afraid to get her hands and feet dirty.
Here's our work site:
They were also very willing to use cow manure as plaster for the outer layer of the oven. It was awesome.