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Hello, my name is Eda Catique Boroma, I’m a cook and I want to celebrate the month of the worker by sharing my story and my work experience. I am a mother of 7 children and I have been working for Gorongosa National Park since May 2007.

At first I worked in the gardening area and then I moved on to room and laundry services, which I did for about 5 years. In 2013 I joined the kitchen team, where I started working in the pantry cleaning the operational spaces, equipment, and utensils, while at the same time learning how to mix ingredients to prepare a good meal. 

During all this time I learned my job easily, because I was very dynamic. When the professional progression happened, I moved to the cold and hot kitchen area where I did a little bit of everything at the same time. Every day my kitchen team and I prepare and serve an average of 600 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to more than 200 people.

“I like the harmony of work I have with my colleagues, we do everything to be flexible and ensure that the food is ready on time and with the desired quality. Our work becomes difficult in summer times, as we have to overcome the natural heat and that of the fire as well, despite this we manage to successfully fulfill our tasks.” Eda told us. 

To make the best use of my time off, which has usually been 15 days a month, besides dedicating myself to housework, I have been more busy with field activities that allow me to rationalize my salary by cultivating corn, sorghum, beans, among others. Basically I use my salary for the support of my children’s schooling so that they can become professionals in the future.

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