Most African Wash
• Most African washing
One of the attractions of Abidjan, capital of Côte d'Ivoire - laundress faniko. In the language of Dioula "Fanny" means "cloth, clothing," and "to" - "wash". It turns out faniko - is "the one who washes clothes." Laundresses work here exclusively male, hard work, and women can be found only on the soap factories.
Long before dawn faniko bypasses the house to collect for a job for the day. Some customers live 3 km from the river. We have to put things in a wooden cart or tie a knot and set up on his head. Faniko then sent to the Banco River.
In what cost the services of such facilities? Wash the shirt is worth 0, 07 dollars (2 Russian rubles), and the sheet - 0, 14 dollars (4 rubles). It is understandable why faniko have to dial itself so much work.
Laundry is unthinkable without soap from palm oil. Therefore teach beginner to use it properly. They used three different kinds of soaps with different colors: white and yellow - for lightly soiled fabrics, black - for very dirty. The black soap stains its main ingredient - palm oil. As each day faniko spends no less than ten pieces, settled down nearby mylovar. Soap - not a simple matter, it starts at six in the morning. In the local market ahead of time bought the necessary materials: condensed palm oil, alkali, salt, juice Annonas, cocoa butter and coconut. All these eco-friendly substances merge into the pot and simmer over the fire. Approximately six hours soapy concoction comes to the condition, and it is poured into tin forms. When a few hours soap hardens, it is cut large pieces.
Then the soap-worker puts your product in a plastic bowl, put it on his head and down to the river. But when the washer to buy soap, if it is busy with work? A woman comes up to his waist in the river, launches its basin and sells soap washer, keeping them from working.
Looking at the huge pile of laundry, unwittingly ask: how they are stored, where is whose?
In the first place, when the washerman collects things for washing, he notices the size of clothes for each family member to remember who it belongs to. No labels or tags. Then on each garment one family he ties knots in the same place, such as the left or right sleeve, collar or belt. During the wash, he puts the clothes, taken from one of the yard, in a separate pile. We still think that it is too difficult. "Faniko never lose a thing!"
Can anyone come in and start washing in the waters of river bank? Far from it! First you need to go through the whole procedure. Future faniko must pass a three-month trial period, during which it trains a veteran washing. During this time, a novice master the science of remembering. If he does not succeed, he will have to look for work elsewhere. But those who show skill, will be able to purchase at a reasonable cost workplace - recessed into the water bus, which no one but he has no right to use.
If you go here, be prepared that you will have to extort money for the shooting.
This is only superficially it seems that everything is not organized. In fact, here everyone has a clear position, there are guards, head, and so on. D. Rules about how to market.
When you have finished washing, faniko sent to the hillside and lays out freshly washed items on grass or hanging them on what is necessary. Later in the afternoon, when all the laundry dries, it neatly folds it, sometimes even smoothes Zharov iron. At the end of the day he collects clean, ironed things in a knot, and delivers them to the owners.