Part of my mission for this month was to get at least two or three interviews of different people in Kinshasa and allow people to live the truest possible experience through my pictures and get a taste of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When walking down the same market of UPN, in route de Matadi, with a cousin of mine, we were able to get an interview with another seller. A young woman who sells dried fish.
One of the most important ingredients in the Congolese food. It’s very important because it’s used in many local dishes like pundu, fumbwa, matembele and much more, so it’s really hard to find a kitchen without it. And with as little as 1000 FC you could get one to add that smoking flavor to your meal. I was glad this time around, she had agreed to not only the interview but a few personal pictures too. At the end, I was glad because I had accomplished what I wanted and shared again an important side of Kinshasa that people need to see more. Here is it.
Me: What do you sell?
Seller: Smoked fish
Me: What are the different sort of fish you sell?
Seller: Nzombo, ngolo, mipanzi and mungussu
Me: How long have you been selling for?
Seller: thirteen years
Me: Do you like your job?
Seller: Absolutely. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today
Me: Do you have kids? If yes, how many?
Seller: No, I don’t have any
Me: What do you like most in Kinshasa?
Seller: Nothing in particular, but the fact that no matter how hard life gets, we get up everyday and do what we have to do to keep the day going.
Me: What do you dislike most?
Seller: I don’t really know. (smiles and looks around)
Me: Do you get a lot of tourists?
Seller: Not really
Me: What type of dried fish do people like to buy most?
Seller: Ngolo. It’s very common and used in many dishes
Me: What’s your favorite local dish?
Seller: Rice, pundu and meat
Me: Do you not like fufu?
Seller: I do, but I prefer rice. We eat it more where I come from
Me: Which province do you come from?
Seller: Kasai Oriental
Me: Do you like it better there?
Seller: I do, but Kinshasa is the capital, where everything happens
Me: How many clients do you get in a day?
Seller: I don’t really know the exact number, but something between thirty and forty. But I don’t think any
more than forty. (she smiled)
Me: Are there days you don’t sell well?
Seller: Yes, but I thank God no matter what. It’s life, somedays you sell better than you would have ever imagined and others not but we never give up
Me: What are your working hours?
Seller: I work from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon
Me: What’s the most important thing in life?
Seller: For me, it’s praying. You can conquer the world with God on your side
Me: Do you think that promoting one’s country is important?
Seller: Yes, very.
Me: Do you encourage women to start up their own business?
Me: You have a very beautiful smile
Seller: Thank you
Me: That would be it. Thank you so much for allowing me to share another part of our country with the rest of the world. Have a great evening
Seller: Thank you. Have a great one as well.