Bobete, Lesotho

In the rugged mountain kingdom of Lesotho, growing maize and raising sheep sustain the 200 people of Bobete, a small, rural village. The ground is rocky, dry and steep. Farming is a challenge. In winter, as the sun goes down, temperatures can plummet well below freezing. Village houses or rondavels are built of stone block and mud, and the thatched roofs are tightly woven to hold in warmth.
As the sun sets, a villager, just returned from his fields, warms up on his accordion with a traditional, lively Basotho song.
Karrin Parker © 2008
Peace Corps Volunteer
Lesotho 2008-2010


Lesotho/Kingdom of Lesotho
Southern Africa

Area 30,355 km2 (142nd)

Arable 10.9%

Capital Maseru (228K)

Population 1,930,493 (64/km2)

Life expectancy 52 yrs

HIV/AIDS 24% (290,000 adults)

Literacy 90%

In poverty 49%

GDP/cap $1,900

Military 2.6% of GDP (58 of 195)

Peace ranking 53rd

Lang(s) Sesotho, English, Zulu, Xhosa

Religions Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Gov’t Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Agriculture corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley, livestock

Industry food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction, tourism

PCVs 1967 - present, current 63, TTD 2,238; education, community development, health, business

Focus word for 2014 - "Home"

Sesotho: hae (hai-ee)

indigenous design from Lesotho

Copyright © Julie Olsen

Map of the world


Likhapha Tsa Mali (Tears of Blood).
Director: Jeremiah Mosese (2010)

Black Riders.
Director: Julian Benedikt (2003)



Singing Away the Hunger, Auto­biography of an African Woman
by Mpho ‘M’atsepo Nthunya, 1996
Book Description
A gripping memoir of youth in Basutoland, schooling in South Africa, coping with racism and 30 years as domestic servant.

Kids' Books

One Round Moon and a Star for Me
by Ingrid Mennen
1994. 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1845070243
Ages 4-7

Dance & Music

Mosotho Chakel

Kingdom of Lesotho, Malealea village:
Traditional Basotho Music


Motoho/Cornmeal Porridge
Lesothan Chakalaka/Tomato sauce with carrot and red bell pepper