A few sweet potatoes. A handful of onions. Seventeen little tomatoes. Spread them out on a mat in the shade. Sit beside them all day. Sell them or barter them to feed your family.
This scene plays itself out around the globe, every day, in places where the poor have never seen or even imagined a “supermarket.” To vend is, quite simply, to live. If you ask an MBB scholar (lucky enough to still have a mother) in South Sudan or in Haiti, “What is your mother’s occupation?” she will likely respond, “My mother sells in the market.”