Just to eke-out something for a living, about 5 women from Lipleme in the Sissala West District have resorted into breaking stones into chippings as a business under the burning sun due to lack of jobs.
The women were spotted using hammers to hit against big rocks to break them into smaller pieces for sale.
They told RadfordFm news that they had no other option than to trek daily to the rocky area located at the outskirts of Gwollu, the district capital, to crack the rocks to make chippings and sell it to buyers who are, however, rare to get.
They lamented over lack of opportunities at this part of the country during dry seasons to keep them engaged ahead of next rainy season, compelling them with no other choice than to sit in scorching sun to make and sell chippings to look after their children.
Speaking to them in an interview, 45 year old Karim Lardy says “I have been working here for the past three years. I have been able to do the chipping business to take care of my ward to complete senior high school and others in the basic level”. She continued and said “the work is very hazardous to our health but our needs are numerous so that’s why we have come here to do this rather than idling”. Checks by RadfordFm show that as a result of using the harmer, scars and bruises were all over their fingers as well as hardened palms.
Madam Karim Lardy also indicated that it takes each of them a week to make a heap of chippings to sell for 80 cedis (negotiable).
Checks by RadfordFM again, however, revealed that some the heaps gathered about weeks ago were yet to be sold as potential buyers were not coming around.
Another woman Madam Havamie, 67, stated that although it is hard they prefer making the chippings to begging for alms. She however bemoaned delays in getting people to come and buy the chippings.
They have therefore appealed particularly, to authorities to intervene to create job opportunities in remote areas especially during dry seasons to at least engage them in a much dignified way other than what they have resorted to.
Filed by: Dimah Arafat