Who better to support than the 'independent businessman' and I don't think you can get any more local than this guy around the corner from our apartment....
|Signage up in the tree|
|Tools of the Trade|
|The 1000 cfa haircut|
|The final touches|
While we've had fairly good success in speaking French here there are times when it does present it's difficulties and in this case we could not really carry the conversation with the coffiure very well however this is what we did learn. His name is Conokry (not sure about the spelling as he was not able to write his name down and so I was just going with the phonetics). His outdoor shop is open Monday -Saturday and closed on Sundays. He was from Guinea and has been cutting hair on Rue Mohamed V for 8 years. Apparently Manning was the 2nd American's hair he had ever cut. I asked him when he closes his shop does he take his tools and umbrella with him and he said no. He hires someone to watch his stand every night. Hiring a "gardienne" is very common here. Oh yeah, and finally that 1,000 cfa haircut which Manning opted to not bargain down = $2.
p.s. After I wrote this but before I posted we shared the photos with the "bonne" and we had a very interesting discussion about his "shop". She considered him more "clandestine" because he is from Guinea and doing the hair cutting on the street. Also she shared that there are many Guineans unemployed in their own country so they come to Senegal for work. Yet she also said everyone is a person and they need to do what they can to live.