(A Batonka story) Long ago, Dung Beetle and Butterfly were the best of friends. They were always together as they went about their daily business. One day, they were resting in the shade of a tree when First Man and First Woman walked by.
"Oh, what a beautiful butterfly!" they exclaimed. And they stood and admired her for quite some time.
When First Man and First Woman resumed their travels, Dung Beetle said to Butterfly, "Whenever First Man and his wife see you, they always stop and admire you. They never take a second glance at me. Am I so ugly?"
"Nonsense," said Butterfly. "It is only because you have nothing to attract their attention. Humans admire beauty and strength. If you were to become the strongest insect in the world, for instance, they would surely take notice of you."
"I could never become the strongest insect in the world!" said Dung Beetle sadly.
"Certainly you could," Butterfly quickly replied. "Remember, if you make no effort you can expect no results. But if you try you might succeed."
Dung Beetle decide that she would try. She went off on her own for a long time. Dung Beetle tried all sorts of exercises and challenges to become strong. Through continued effort she became very strong. At last, she returned to her friend Butterfly.
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The activity of small-scale sand extraction in bucket-sized measures, is carried out mainly by women who have no other means of employment and have a very low education. The sand is normally sold to other Angolan entrepreneurs who used the sand to make blocks for building construction.