Here one can see the expansive nature of the town of Pweto, with a
population of around 20,000.
In the background is Lake Moero.
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street, Pweto. At one time a bustling commercial center with its own MOBIL gas
station, it has deteriorated with only 2-3 vehicles in the town.
natural source of water for the population of Pweto. A local group "Maisha
Mema" (Water for Life) has built a water distribution system which pipes water 5
kilometers from the source down to 11 distribution tanks in the town.
Maisha Mema's water tanks. They are managed by water monitors who turn the taps on 3
times a day. This way there is no danger of leaving taps on and emptying the gravity
feed water system
Moero is famous for its production of "ndakala" a small minnow-like fish
which reproduces fantastically in the lake. Here a fisher man prepares a floating
lamp which he will use to attract fish at night in order to then net them. The
fish are naturally attracted to moon-light and therefore mistake the lamps for the moon.
fishermen place from 6-10 lamps on the water and periodically check them and then use a
net to scoop the fish out from under the lamps.
can see the catch from one net scoop. This procedure continues all night or until
the boat is full of fish.
portion of the catch on its way to the kitchen. Fried in palm oil and served with
lemon, an excellent dish. The "ndakala" is dried on the sand and then put
in large bags before transport to big centers in Zambia and Congo.
Missionary Aviation Fellowship flights, Lubumbashi - Pweto and back, the 10 day journey
traveled by river and by road, can be done by plane back to Lubumbashi in 3