Salt harvest

Salt harvest
Woman carrying salt - nothing to smile - hard work all day long

See the complete introduction to salt fields and salt production in Kampot, Cambodia

  1. This page further below - preparation of salt fields for salt production
  2. Growing salt crystals
  3. Children working in salt fields

Salt harvest preparation

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Carefully piling up all salt
Carefully piling up all salt
keep salt clean and free from clay soil
Keep salt clean and free from clay soil
All workers work barefeet
All workers work barefeet to keep salt clean
First the salt is accumulated in rows
First the salt is accumulated in rows, then piled up the size of one basket

Salt harvest final preparation steps

All salt needs to be piled up cleanly first. When an entire field is prepared so far, then the final step further below starts. To hand carry all salt into the nearby salt storage.

This step of piling up all salt accumulated at the bottom of each salt field needs to be done carefully to avoid any soil being mixed up with the salt.

salt is filled into baskets
When a field is completely prepared - the salt is filled into baskets
Each basket weighs approximately 10kg
Each basket weighs approximately 10kg
hardest work starts
Now the hardest work starts
salt has to be hand carried to the nearby storage house
All salt has to be hand carried to the nearby storage house

Hard work to hand carry all salt into storage house

Salt field working woman
Most of the work in the salt fields of Kampot is done by woman - for 2,50 US$ / DAY

Imagine all world stops valuing your own work and we all would pay you only 2,50 dollars per day for the very same hard and important work you do now. How wold you feel then if no one appreciates your work or if all world abuses your temporary emergency during the current global crisis, foreclosure or losing your job ....

If we all think about how we would feel, then may be one day we appreciate other people's work as much as we want our work to be valued. Thus one day when we all are grown up and mature, we will stop abusing "3rd world countries" for cheap labor and start paying exactly the very same amount per hour as we wish to receive.

It is a wonderful feeling deep inside your own heart to experience when you start to give the full and same amount per hour to services and products received from others as you receive for products and services rendered by you to others. Try it - you'll enjoy a new lifestyle!

Salt storage - clean white ocean salt
Salt storage - clean white ocean salt
Both baskets are filled
Both baskets are filled
The salt filled baskets prepared to carry across shoulders
The salt filled baskets prepared
To be carried across shoulders
To be carried across shoulders
Heavy job all day long
Heavy job all day long
The women work fast
The women work fast and talk little or nothing at all
In quick steps
In quick steps
Across the small bridge
Across the small bridge
Hurry toward the salt storage
Hurry toward the salt storage
The last basket from this salt field
The last basket from this salt field - she looks tired

During this entire photo session I have never seen a single person smiling. There is nothing to smile at all - with this type of work and even less with the amount of pay per day. barely enough to survive, but definitely too little for a comfortable life or even a happy life!

It is in our all hands to pay substantially - multiple - for such basic products of life to assure that all serving us and providing basic needs of our own life have a life as pleasant as our own life is.

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