- Vincent Acquah is a student at the University of Cape Coast
- The young businessman sells coconut on the streets to survive and also help his parents
- Vincent's daily routine and struggles have been accentuated by Pulse Ghana
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Vincent Acquah, 22, a student at the University of Cape Coast who currently sells coconut due to the closure of schools, has shared his life experiences and daily struggles.
The young student sells coconut to help ease the financial burden on his parents.
He recounts his daily routines and struggles in an interview with Pulse Ghana.
According to him, he wakes up at 5 am to do his morning chores and take his bath and then sets off to work.
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Vincent reveals there are three spots where he goes to buy the coconut in large quantities to ensure he does not run into any shortages.
At times, Vincent climbs coconut trees to unplug quality ones for sale and later pays the owners.
He sells on the roadside and goes there early so that he does not miss the people who like to drink coconut juice in the morning.
Vincent sells enough of the coconut by 11 am. He then leaves his goods to the people or the other traders to go home, eat, and take a nap.
He returns to the roadside after 2 pm for his evening sales.
According to him, sales around that time are the best because workers close and pass by again to get some coconut.
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''I make good sales from about 5 to 6:30 pm, then it slows again,’’ he tells Pulse Ghana.
He adds that 8 pm to 9:30 pm is when sales peak because workers usually don’t want to eat anything heavy around that time. He closes at 10 pm and sets off to the house to rest.
Vincent is among many who have had to work around the prevailing global pandemic to make a living.
He says people are stunned by his decision to go through the streets and sell coconut.
Despite what appears to be a casual belittling of his decision to sell coconut as a university student, Vincent says he is determined to run his own business.
In another story, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the economy, Ruth Okaniorkor Adjetey, is among many who have diversified their earnings to survive.
Ruth has been running her own school for the past three years after she took over her mother’s nursery that she started for her colleague nurses.
Her school has since trained toddlers from three months to about six years.
Garnet Beginners has equally not been spared by the ‘thorns’ of the novel coronavirus which has hit businesses in the country.
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