A 10-year-old girl has been forced to become a head porter, popularly known as 'kayayoo', in order to raise money to prepare for her sister's marriage.
Fati, who currently resides in Korle-Gonno with her aunt, goes about her business on a daily basis in order to raise money for her elder sister to get married.
Narrating her ordeal to Graphic.com.gh, she said she had never been to school before and was pushed by her mother to come to Accra to work as a head porter in place her elder sister unfortunately got pregnant.
Fati said she convinced her mother not to send her off to Accra to engage in the 'kaya' business but she vehemently refused.
She explained that on a daily basis, she gave her earnings of about GH¢15 to GH¢20 to her benefactor, for her upkeep and safe-keeping.
She added that sometimes when business was bad she went home empty-handed to face the wrath of her aunt she lives with, who usually beat her up for not making money..
10-year-old Fati complained that because she was a little girl some customers gave her less than she charged them and there was nothing she could do about it.
Speaking about her fears, little Fati said she hardly had a good night sleep because of the frequent fire outbreaks that occurred in the area.
Fati said she sometimes wished she could go back home but it was impossible because she had not made enough money to even cater for her transportation fare.
“Living in Accra to engage in this ‘kaya’ business is not easy for me at all, and often makes me regret I came here,” Fati lamented.
She said she would like to be a hairdresser someday, since she missed the opportunity to attend school, and expressed the hope that she could live that dream in future.
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