This picture was taken in the village of Tsanwa in the Maradi state of Niger in September 2010. The woman on the left is Hassana Garba who taught me how to pound and winnow my own millet. The other woman is Zina Hashimu, Hassana's daughter-in-law. She always has the biggeset smiles for pictures. They are carrying gourd bowls full of winnowed millet back to the village to pound and boil into tuo, a millet mush that is the staple starch of the diet in Niger. It is eaten covered witha sauce.