It is another hot, hot day in a small African community. There are not very many ways to earn money, but these people have been hired to gather hay and carry it the long distance to a big farm so that the animals have something to eat. It is hard work, but one of the few ways to earn money. This group of five men and three woman are making the long trek. The leader of the group is called Ebenezer, he always seems to take charge; he is the one who lined up the job.
There is a very wealthy man who hired them. This man decided to reward someone by placing a valuable, golden
lamp inside one of the hay bales. He likes to play jokes and observe what groups of people will do. When Ebenezer finds the lamp he wants to keep it for himself, it is full of precious oil, a valuable commodity here, worth even more than the lamp itself. The others want to rub the lamp and hope they will get a wish. Some want to wish for a truck to move all of this hay, some want to wish for a cool drink for relief from the blazing sun.
While the men argue the women talk among themselves and decide it would be best to share whatever riches the lamp brings between the group. The women convince the men that this is the best plan IF they want the woman to continue cooking, cleaning and caring for them. The men agree with this and the riches from the lamp will benefit the group and their community.