I am 48 years of age and illiterate. My parents didn’t see the need to send me to school. I was the last born and was pampered by my grandfather. Even so, I was interested in schooling.
I’m married and have five children; 4 girls and 1 boy, but I support 9 people altogether.
I earn an average of 55 Cedis a month (US$37), or 2 Cedis (US$1.50) or less a day. In a good season we can make more than this.
As for the basket weaving, I started weaving local hand fans and later I learnt how to weave baskets. I learned to make baskets 33 years ago when I got married.
Making the recycled Bolga baskets for G-lish helps provide an income for running my family. Especially buying ingredients for cooking, buying cooking utensils and grinding the millet that we grow.
The thing my family needs most is a loan to buy straw in large quantity for keeps so I can later use them in making recycled and also straw baskets.
My greatest challenges are household chores and also extended family problems that interfere with my work.
The most important thing now is to continue to weave the baskets. I actually want more work.
I’m happy to weave baskets from plastic to help make a clean environment, but it’s more difficult to weave than traditional straw baskets.
The trees I would most like are Neem, Cashew Nut and Moringa for treatment of ailments and for shade.
I want to appeal to our customers to continue to patronize the recycled baskets so that we will be encouraged to continue weaving, More so, I want to thank them for their patronage.