In Uganda, if you want new furniture you cannot go to Target or Pier 1 to purchase it. You must try to find a carpenter who knows what he’s doing, pay for his transportation to the place where he will buy his supplies, buy the supplies themselves, and pay for any drinks or meals your carpenter wants along the way. Over the course of our day in Mbale, I bought my carpenter Akol a large water, cigarettes, and a bag of 10 samboosas (a delicious street food similar to an empanada). I also paid for the wooden blockboards, nails, and wood splitting services he needed. The photo above depicts Akol and our taxi driver unloading the block boards we had strapped to the roof.