Kris Holloway becomes a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small town in Mali. She is hosted by Monique Dembele who runs a health clinic and well baby clinic. Monique is the mid-wife in a place where childbirth is anything but simple. Monique weighs babies and then dispenses information on how to keep those babies well nourished and healthy. Poverty and hard work are the mainstay of this village.
Kris is built a house by the people of the village, a mud hut with an iron corrugated roof. She is immersed in the culture of the area and becomes life-long friends with the irrepressible Monique.
It was interesting to discover about the culture of West Africa and read about the life and work of a Peace Corps volunteer.
First Line: "Your two-year assignment is in the country of Mali, West Africa."