M, my older daughter, is with the Peace Corps in Mali. She wrote an extra long journal entry this month. It starts like this:
I did a bunch over these last couple of weeks.
The combination of the end of the harvest season and the not quite beginning of hot season means that people have some free time and some money and are interested in doing projects. Of course, I came during this window last year, but I didn't get permanently to village until April, and then hot season was revving up.
You can read the whole thing here.