Since: Jan 13
#3483 Jan 18, 2013
That's a great question
#3484 Jan 19, 2013
After all this craving, I'm finally going to get sum clay from Jhb, can't wait, wil let u knw how it taste wen I get sum mmm cos I've heard the clay in Johannesburg is soft creamy and smooth. Counting da days til I get...
#3485 Jan 19, 2013
@ mel, where are u from?
Since: Apr 11
#3486 Jan 19, 2013
My dirt came in handy last night. I had a bad stomache ache so I ate some clay and it was gone. it tasted good too.
#3487 Jan 19, 2013
Hi All I have been doing lots of reading about Odowa and other clays in which we all seems to really enjoy eating on this forum. I think some might this article interestin
Soft white gold lifts women out of poverty
The rocky Kotetni hill is a dilapidated
assortment of poverty, hunger and disregard where infrastructure and social
facilities have been neglected for years.
However, delighted and hard working women from Kodawo Village, Korando-A Location,
Kisumu District have ventured into exploiting a
resource that not many people stand to contemplate about. Everyday the women climb the hill
into excavating sites to mine an edible soft stone
commonly known as odowa in Dholuo.
The women, mostly widows and those
from poverty stricken homes have been mining
odowa for the last 20 years since Mama Regina
discovered the soft stone that many refer to as
the Gold of Kotetni.
Regina ventured into selling the stone to
women in the area at Otonglo market. Following the high rate of poverty and poor farm yields
in the area, Regina convinced other women to
join in the endeavour so as to provide daily necessities for their families.
Nevertheless, as time went on, the women
were thrown into depression when a developer
purchased the piece of land on which the quarries were located. Thanks to a beneficiary among
the first ventures, Mama Christine Nganya,
found the commodity on her two acre land.
We are women who can only exploit all
the one metre deep surface odowa in the rocky
bushes due to lack of strength and working
tools, explains Nganya.
After utilizing the entire surface in the
rocky bushes, the women went on to mine the
raw material situated two metres below the
ground. Mining odowa has become the only
industry in sustaining Kotetni villagers after
the decline of cotton and sugar industries in the
In the quarry, large fresh soiled mines leave
evidence of what has been going on in the excavation sites daily as the agony of pushing aside
huge rocks while searching for the commodity
could be seen on every womans donkey working up the hill.We decided to train ourselves
to mine using a short small jembe and after several weeks the progress was tremendous, says
The mining site, which lies one kilometre off
the Kisumu-Busia road, covers 2.5 square acres
on a sloppy rocky hill that overlooks the Kodiaga
Prison compound. Loaded with sacks and jembes as the only farm implements available in the
homes the women work in groups at different
When Strength of a Woman visited the hills
last week, the team of Pamela Atieno, Selina
Achieng, Morine Atieno and Christine Ngaya
were spotted busy excavating one of the sites
digging, sampling the stone, packing in sacks
and transporting down the hill.
Since the farm owner is also among them,
no charges are levied upon the diggers who believe that odowa is a divine gift from God that
replenishes itself in the deserted craters if left
undisturbed for a certain period of time, says
Devoted miners harvest an average of four
sacks weighing 50 kg each daily selling at KSh50
per load at the site. However, the work is risky
as the diggers are exposed to dangers such as
poisonous snakes, the scorching sun,
falling rocks, bad weather and minor
landslides. Moreover the miners are
greatly at risk since they work without basic safety equipment including
gloves, helmets, gum-boots, shovels
and forked jembes among others.
Selina Achieng says odowa comes
in dark-reddish colour that can be
recognised from ordinary rocks after
breaking to examine a piece from the
Processing odowa involves digging, shaping the soft stones, salting, solar drying, packing into sacks,
transportation and marketing at the
Kibuye wholesale market in Kisumu town, explains Peresi Akinyi
Nyateya. She adds:During shaping
and sizing, decayed or normal hard
stones are detected before packing
into the sacks.
#3488 Jan 19, 2013
Due to the poor road
infrastructure up the hill, porters
carry the sacks down into the miners
homes for final preparation, particularly salting.
The preparation process comprises washing, salting and solar
drying in the home for four hours,
The stones are boiled in hot water laced with iodized table salt to kill
germs and acquire the salty taste favoured by many pregnant women.
The stones are then spread on
polythene material and left to dry
in the sun for four hours. They are
packed in 50 kg sacks and transported six kilometres away by middle-women to the wholesale market
where they sell at KSh100 per sack.
Odowa has flourished into a
regional business attracting traders
across the Lakeland region, major
towns and neighbouring countries.
Odowa has established a market in Kitale, Nairobi, Mombasa,
Malindi, Lamu, Kakamega and
Moyale. Some traders export the
commodity to Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda
and Sudan, says Mr Dan Obiero, a dealer at
Due to scarcity of employment opportunities, retrenchment, poor farming methods
and poverty, many women are engaged in the
odowa business to meet their daily needs.
To put food on the table, cater for my childrens education in primary school and take
them to hospital when sick, I must get engaged
in the business, says Morine Atieno.
The women work up to midday so as to
attend to other family chores including tilling
the land, fetching water, cooking, cleaning and
The issue of land ownership in the mining area is a major problem facing the growing
industry which may lead to the collapse of the
quarry. Selina Achieng says miners are sometimes harassed by families who own the land.
Space in Kisumu town has been exhausted and
many people are moving out of the town to put
up homes on top of the hill.
She reiterates that the business has led to
economic growth in the area. She opted for
odowa mining following her husbands death.
Selina has used the proceeds to take care of the
Pamela Ogada also ventured into the business after her familys small acreage piece of
land became unproductive due to limited rainfall. For Jane Atieno, odowa mining is a case of
getting help from above since she can now put
the profits into products such as omena fish,
soap, paraffin, salt and vegetables which she
wells in the village. She uses the proceeds to buy
a two kilogramme tin of maize at KSh50.
#3489 Jan 19, 2013
Ate chalk the other day . Not too bad but not what I want. Can't wait for my clay to get here. How do u roast the clay? Just stick it in the oven?
#3490 Jan 19, 2013
Hi ladies can you please send me links of all the UK clay sellers pleeeeease!!?? I'm desperate!
#3491 Jan 19, 2013
Awesome Article Mary. I also saw a youtube video regarding Odowa that is pretty interesting
#3492 Jan 19, 2013
Hi Mobu Consumer,
I am from Durban, got some1 in Jhb to get buy me sum clay. Can't wait to get it
#3493 Jan 19, 2013
Got that good old dirt today!!!! It good too. I was so excited I tore up the box. It's really taste great!!!!! Thanks Wanda !!!!
#3494 Jan 19, 2013
I have Ghana clay in stock now. Please send your orders to [email protected]
#3495 Jan 19, 2013
I'm really glad you're enjoying it Meee258 . I was hoping you would .
#3496 Jan 19, 2013
at soul sista, you should come up with a sesure website, like every one else on this website who is selling clay. when we know that you have a website where we can make our transaction from online, we'll feel safer ordering clay.
not that there is a problem buying through e mail, it is just that in these days and age, anyone can put stuff in the computer, and we want to make sure we are buying from a credible source.
#3497 Jan 19, 2013
come up with a website like wanda clay or mavu seller. just a thought!
#3498 Jan 19, 2013
Yep it's really good. And it got here pretty fast. I will be reordering !!! Thanks again
#3499 Jan 19, 2013
@ Mel, I hope the person gets u the right kinda clay coz there are different types. What kind do they have in durban?
#3500 Jan 19, 2013
Thanks Geophage 27 Glad you enjoy reading just though eveyone would like to actual know where Odowa come from orginally before its hits the markets. I know them ladies who actually work at the Hills have fun eating all the Odowa they want Never have to worrie about running out.:)
#3501 Jan 19, 2013
@ dirt cookies that would be nice !
#3502 Jan 20, 2013
yes we do get eating mud or fired soil in maharashtra very easily. Recently i shifted to bangalore, can any one please please tell me where do we get ball clay in bangalore, please i m relly craving
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