Charity Kissi is a 39-year-old woman who has to feed herself and her 3-year-old via working at a quarry and it would seem for many like her, the bane of working in the sun and dust is just a hand-to-mouth existence. Her story that was captured on 20th June 2019 and has then made her situation worse. She was thrown out of the quarry which was her only source of hope for finances to fend for herself and her three children.
The story of the quarry worker; Charity Kissi came up through an initial reportage by Joseph Kpormegbey, and because Charity's livelihood and life was symptomatic, there was the need to draw attention through her story. The reportage depicted how much the latter hard to work herself out to earn some few coins to feed herself and her babies. What looked like would become her stepping stone is slowly manifesting to be one of her worst nightmares.You might want to keep up with her story.
Who is Charity Kissi?
Charity is a thirty-nine year old lady that hails from Mafi-Avedo in the Volta region. She lives at Omanjor in the Greater Accra region and has been cracking stones to make ends meet for the last eight years.
Charity has been the soul bread winner in her family. Her four kids depend on her for everything. Having no formal education or vocational and technical skills to fall on, Charity had to make big stones smaller as she goes through life bit by bit. Despite the job being cumbersome and demanding, she did not have any choice.
When asked about her husband, she made the following;
"He never bothers to cater for the children. All he does is to provide some money for feeding and closes his mind to any other duties,”
So Charity had to take up quarrying
Since she did not possess any skills that could warrant her a decent job, the mother of four had to seek for a job in the neighbouring quarrying site. Working there would earn her GHC 150 per quarrying session when business was good, and GHC 130 when business was bad. The single-axle trucks would charge clients GHC 450 per load.Charity would crack stones to the quantity of 45 head pans to fill a single-axle truck.
In the dry season, she has to double her efforts to have enough for herself and her kids because when the rains come, quarrying is nearly impossible.
Working at the quarry site also had challenges. She stated the challenges by saying:
“Nowadays, people prefer the gravels to our type of stones, thus killing our business gradually. I recently had a truckload of stones returned after my client and his children rejected it claiming it was outmoded and no more in use," Charity said.
“As a result, the stones are sometimes left unsold for three to four months after being cracked”.
When quarrying became impossible or difficult, Charity would sometimes pick empty water sachets and collect firewood to sell to food vendors apart from selling fried yam and potatoes.
Sharing her story caused more trouble
When Charity Kissi accepted to share her story, she thought that it would be a stepping stone for her life to be better. She believed that a good samarian would come her way. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Instead, it made her situation worsen as she, and her other colleagues were dismissed from the site. To add to it, most of the people she used to work with have become hostile towards her, claiming that she was the reason why they lost their jobs.
Her husband did not take the matter lightly either. He accused her of disgracing him and also threatened to stop supporting her and the kids. He has since then made the situation at home unbearable for her and she has known no peace.
The church is the only uni that has not critized her for admitting to take the interview. Instead, the elders of the church have promised to stand by her, in case she happens to be summoned at the church headquarters.
Her last resolve
Even though Charity's last option is leaving her matrimonial home and going back to her parents, her worry is that move might jeopardize her children's education, especially since she hails from the village.
Giving up is not particularly an option due to her dependants.
The past few days have not been her best. Her source of consolation is her friend who has been consistent in visiting her, reminding her that her situation will one day change for the better.
Charity Kissi wishes to have a better future for her children and a place of residence where she can have her peace of mind.As a member of the New Covenant Apostolic Church at Omanjor, she is relying on her faith in God to make her life better than it presently is.
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