Shashemooke: A village weighed down with wretchedness

SHASHEMOOKE: Don't be surprised when you walk into this village and find everyone walking with his or her head down.

Sadness permeates the village like the air that they breathe as stagnation of the village's development is taking its toll on the residents.Lack of developments in this small village of less than 5, 000 people, about 15 kilometres south west of Francistown, has left residents with a colossal heartache and visible envy at neighbouring villages who have made telling economic advances.It all starts with the bumpy and dusty pathway that has reduced public transport vehiclesto a ramshackle lot.  Others have pulled out of the business of transporting people because it is simply unsustainable.

After the inevitable bumpy ride into Shashemooke, one is greeted by a small tuck-shop by the roadside with empty shelves. It is not clear whether of the 12 tuck-shops that populate the village were once thriving trading places, which Mmegi learnt, have since closed shop (literally). Not only the shops, but also pre-schools that had hopes of filling classrooms with tiny-tots have shut their doors as they found the going tough in trying to attract a clientele.

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