Bekmurza Tadjibaev (42) sells food at the Dordoy Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For One World Magazine I followed Bekmurza for a day.
The day starts at 05.00. Bekmurza prepares Plov, a traditional Uzbek dish, which he sells for 100 Soms (€ 1,30). All family members help to prepare Plov, salad and corn, which takes the whole morning. At 10.00 Bekmurza, his wife and daughter (16) start selling their food at the Dordoy Bazaar, the biggest Bazaar in Central Asia. ”It is hard work, but this is our life” says Bekmurza. Around 16.00 when all their food has been sold, Bekmurza pays off a small part of his microfinance loan which he took on to build a house for his son, who recently got married. Afterwards he makes his way to the Osh bazaar on the other side of the city. This is the cheapest place to buy ingredients for his Plov dish for the next day.