At the time when I was living in Nara the weekly market in Nara was one of the most important cross-border markets between Mali and Mauretania. Every Monday people traveled in the very early morning hours from the surrounding villages to Nara.
Many used as means of transport “charettes” – commonly called donkey carts. Some came with cars from as far as Nouakchott in Mauretania. Goods that had been produced in the villages were sold or exchanged against consumer necessities that came from the capital Bamako or from Mauretania.
I was in the favourite position that I was living in the house at the end of the road on the right hand side. I just had to look over the mud wall and could see ” the villageois ” traveling back and forth.