Basket weaving, an enterprise supported by Pognaa Maabuora Sanduo I, provides women in the village of Nanyaari with an independent income stream. This is important in a society that is strongly patriarchal, and in which women can traditionally not own property. A pognaa is responsible, in particular, for the wellbeing of women and children in her area of authority. While the title translates as "woman chief", in practice her authority is subject to a male chief. The role of the pognamine (plural of pognaa) is being revived after having been suppressed during the colonial era, and they are increasingly seen as a force for development.