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We Only Come Here to Struggle Stories from Berida's Life

ISBN-10: 0253213665

ISBN-13: 9780253213662

Edition: 2000

Authors: Berida Ndambuki, Claire C. Robertson, Claire Cone Robertson

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 3/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Berida Ndambuki has been living and working in Nairobi for almost thirty years, while travelling back and forth to her home, Kathonzweni, in Ukambani, Kenya. Her work as a retailer of dried staples and dealer in other commodities has taken her into Uganda and Tanzania, as well as all over Kenya. She is married and has nine surviving grown children, as well as numerous grandchildren. She is a leader of women's groups in Kathonzweni and at Gikomba Market in Nairobi. This is her first literary endeavor.Claire Robertson, Associate Professor in the departments of History and Women's Studies at the Ohio State University, has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African History, and has specialized in the study of African women, especially traders, for some twenty-five years. She has published numerous articles and four books including Sharing the Same Bowl: A Socioeconomic History of Women and Trade in Accra,Ghana(1984), which won the 1985 Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association, and Trouble Showed the Way: Women, Men, and Trade in the Nairobi Area, 1890-1990 (1997), during the research for which she became friends with Berida Ndambuki. Their collaboration produced this book.

Glossary of Frequently Used Terms
Introduction
"I Am Berida Ndambuki": Childhood, Family, and Initiation
"No woman can know what will happen to her in marriage": Marriage, Children, and Survival
"Now I was in business": Work: From Kathonzweni to Nairobi
"The Akamba are a peaceloving people": Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics
"I ask myself, why did I have my children?": Life and Death
Update and Analysis: 1999
Postscript: Our Relations: On Friendship and Cross-Cultural (Mis)Understanding
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