poverty in uganda: making gravel by hand / by Maranie Staab

here a woman breaks large stone into gravel; she, and many other women and children, would arrive at this small quarry before 7AM each day and work through to dark some 12+ hours later. 

when first arriving in uganda i wasn't exactly sure of what i was seeing, but after speaking to one of the workers and doing some research it became clear that their jobs were to manually crush stones (to be sold at roadside stands ... oftentimes to eventually be made into concrete) - earning less in a day than it costs many of us to buy a cup of coffee. 

dangerous, exhausting and low-paying work, this scene is a testament to the still broken economy and the incredible disparity between the country's wealthy and those living in extreme poverty.