2018 September I decided to move out of a bachelor's flat that I was renting, and move into a tiny house.
Mostly it was inspired by my sister's stories of sustainable living, which led to my increased interest in alternative lifestyles. Watching amazing videos for example living big in a tiny house by Bryce Langston, opened my mind up and I decided to make some changes, starting with a realistic look at my financial position and taking charge, this is the reason why I had to move out of a bachelor’s flat.
Having done my small design (that suited my budget and schedule of materials), it was time to look for the items in the market. For a moment it looked like an impossible task and the temptation of reversing my decision seemed to be the only logical thing.
I had planned to use some reclaimed materials and I would get them from the nearest auctioneers.
That month prices of goods started to go up, they tripled and they kept going up at a shocking pace. So I had to rethink my design and find much more affordable solutions. The best solution ended up being a wooden cabin I bought from a friend. I moved in, during the rainy season, so water to use was readily available.
I was lucky that I had family to support me during my relocation, my mother and twin sister for financial support and encouragement and my young sister for moral support. I started my journey to a minimalist lifestyle. I had to get rid of most of my furniture , the comforting thing was that the money was really useful in my transition period. Other things I had to give up, included a convenient location, where I could get everything I needed at a walk-able distance from my home, including walking to work. It meant I had to change a lot of things.
I view my position as a chance to be innovative and to discover if I am able to create a comfortable and convenient home for myself, as I make positive steps towards financial stability.
The people are sharing with the rain spirits the image of crops ripening and baboons coming down the mountains to feed on them. When the baboons have fed well they walk in style (kongonya, i.e. how the baboons walk) up the cliffs at the end of the day. Thus the people are looking beyond the provision of rain to the kind of harvest that should enable them to feed both their livestock and wild animals.