In the late 1990s, National Geographic published an ambitious series of stories on major issues for the twenty-first century. I photographed human population issues, including a story on migration and a story on roles of women in different societies. For the latter coverage, I went to Kenya to look at how women used microenterprises to support their children. In a Maasai community west of Nairobi, I covered
a jewelry-making group managed by a Catholic sister with whom I stayed. The jewelry was sold in Europe through craft stores sponsored by Mennonites, bringing income to the Maasai women. During my coverage, I followed the women on their long daily walks to get water for their families. I was amazed by the weight of the barrels they carried on their backs, hung by a rope across their heads. Men in the community tend cattle, but the women did almost everything else, including cooking meals, tending children, getting firewood and carrying the water.