Located in southern Suriname, Kwamalasemutu, home of the Trio Indians, is a 2½ hour flight from the country’s capital city of Paramaribo over mostly unbroken rain forest. Although elementary school is available in the village, most students only attend for 2 or 3 years, and educational achievement is low. The majority of the Trio people do not speak Suriname’s national language of Dutch.
Paramaribo's Central Market is the hub of this multi-ethnic city. It runs along the waterfront and offers meat, fish, fruits and vegetables on the lower floor, along with other household items, such as clothing, on the second.