I have some 'dowels' that consist of debarked cut hardwood twigs. They were cut to select the straightest most consistent sections, but they aren't perfect. Question is do such things have any possible use in woodwork? I'm not interested in whether to get a bag from some supplier, but rather whether any possible use can be found for these things in the 3rd world.
You'll probably find they are much stronger than machined dowels. I expect in third world countries, it's the norm to use them. They can't afford to waste anything.