There are miniature packets of everything that you need to buy, usually enough for one serving, these packets are on long strips and then you just tear off the number you need, you may find: sachets of Tea, Blue Band Margarine, Royco Seasoning, Omo Laundry Soap, Matchboxes, Sweets, Biscuits, mobile phone credit and small packets of mineral rocks for the expectant ladies to chew on. Hung from the ceiling there will be homemade brooms made from grasses, wooden spoons and sisal rope.
In some of the slightly bigger shops you can buy rice, beans, maize, dried fish, sugar and pulses straight from the sacks. Fresh bread is delivered daily and cakes. There may be packets of maize meal, wheat flour and tetra packs of UHT milk and small bottles of drinking water.
If you are lucky there could also be a soda (usually warm) especially Coca-Cola and Fanta Orange, if you want to drink your soda at a later date it will be poured into a plastic bag for you to carry home as the bottle is worth as much as the liquid inside! Cigarettes are sold either as a packet or individually depending on your budget. Often there will be small bags or tins of charcoal, enough for one day.
Does this bring back memories of local brand names you found whilst on safari? I think that I have found Blue Band and Omo across the whole continent of Africa. Visit www.unilever.com to bring back memories of travels across the continent of Africa.