A man transports goods on his pirogue. Pirogues, traditional wooden boats, are vital for transporting people, goods, and supplies between villages and towns in Madagascar's rivers, especially in rural areas without many roads. On the Tsiribihina River, Madagascar. 13 October 2022.
In Madagascar, river communities play a crucial role in connecting rural areas to infrastructure development projects like roads and electricity grids. These communities allow villagers living in remote areas to access larger cities via boat transportation networks, rather than having to travel long distances on foot. This helps to keep these villagers connected and enables them to access essential resources and services, despite the lack of infrastructure in their own communities.