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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tunisia Trip -- Part Twenty Five

After our visit at the oasis we headed into town to see how the dates were processed for market.

The workforce at the processing plant was entirely female, dozens of women organized by task in a sequential production line. At first glance it looks like typical sweatshop labor, but observing the workers for a while I noted that there was a lot of social interaction going on, and a lot of cheer. Unlike the Chinese factories we had visited last year, this seemed like a pleasant workplace.

Most of the women ignored us as we passed through the facility, but some were quite happy to have their picture taken.

Henna hands.

Dates ready for processing.

Stacked trays.

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