So….a group of men called the Layibi Caster Youth, make Aluminum pots.
Big deal right? Ummmm…actually YES! Because these men don’t just make aluminum pots…..they make aluminum pots out of SCRAP CAR PARTS!
The group started in 1992, when the war in Northern Uganda started hitting its peak. During this time, rebel soldiers would attack, kidnap, and mutilate people caught in the fields, so men and women were unable to go out into their gardens to grow crops for their families.
They needed and way to make money and feed their families safely. So a man named Okumu Johnson (the guy in the middle of 3 men) and a group of others from the Layibi community started making pots.
The pots are fashioned from different engine parts that are burnt in a little hole in ground filled with charcoal. The liquid metal is then poured over a heap of sand that has been shaped in form of a pot. It takes about 10 minutes to cool down and after which the pot is removed from the sand.
Once that’s done…they start the smoothing process…
They make a variety of things, pots, spoons, scoops and coal flat irons.
Even though “the war is over”, these men continue scouring for car scraps, and making their beautiful and unique kitchen ware!
Don’t you just LOVE innovation, determination, and resilience?