When we returned to Bamako, we met with the tailor to assess the quality of our sample scrubs order. The sizes matched the sample scrubs that we brought, but it was also very useful to see the fabrics we had chosen in actual scrubs form. Some were surprisingly great as scrubs, while other patterns seemed too “busy” to be solid sellers in the market. While we were finishing up the workshop, we took the time to paint the African Sky logo on one of the walls. It was fun to do, looked great, and we even drew neighborhood crowds to see what we were doing!
Much of our final days were spent with Yacouba’s family. Kristen’s dad had sent a box of various styled scrubs, but also included the game, “Hungry Hungry Hippos!” Hippos are local to Mali, so we aptly renamed the game, “Mali-Mangez Mangez,” and the kids loved it! We each had traditional comples made, got henna tattoos and had our hair braided by the children. After our short visit, I felt like I was actually part of their family…and I can’t wait to go back!