INTERVIEW: Paulina Ababerie
I’m 35 years of age and I am illiterate. I have no education. My parents did not enroll me in school.
I am married and I have one child, a teenage son, but I support 5 extended family members too.
I support my family by weaving baskets, farming maize and selling drinks. The most important thing to me now is my child’s education.
Before the recycled baskets, my income was around 15 GHC per month (US$11).
I began learning basket weaving in 1990. As for the recycled baskets, it’s difficult to do the finishing of the handles the most.
Now, because of the recycled baskets income, we are able to eat TZ as a family as I can buy ingredients for cooking. I spend most of my money on ingredients for cooking.
We need financial assistance to support or expand our farming in the wet season as I have inadequate monetary resources to expand it.
The trees I like most are guava and cashew as they’re fruit bearing trees and very rare here.
I would like to give customers a message: Please help us stay in the business so we can keep supporting our families.