- Mercy Ayitey is a Ghanaian mother who sells Ga kenkey to cater for her family
- The 45-year-old widow works very hard to put food on the table of her children
- Ayitey sat for an interview with Pulse Ghana and has detailed her daily routine and hustle
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Mercy Ayitey, a Ghanaian mother, has detailed her daily hustle as a Ga kenkey seller. The family woman survives and cares for her children with the proceeds she makes from selling the indigenous food.
The 45-year-old widow tells Pulse Ghana that she wakes up before 4:00 am to attend to her chores, which includes sweeping and cleaning.
Ayitey then sets fire to prepare kenkey and fish for sale. She has a young lady who assists her with frying the fish and grating okro for the stew.
The okro stew is an option she provides to people who don’t like pepper; it also helps to attract more sales.
The hardworking mother reveals that by 5:30 am, the fishes, okro stew and black shito should be ready. She then goes ahead to blend red pepper, which is the usual accompaniment for local Ga kenkey.
Ayitey adds that she cooks the kenkey in a large quantity to last the whole day and to save her the trouble of cooking another later in the day. She says that, usually by evening, her food should be ready for sale.
Before she leaves after setting everything up, she swiftly dashes off to take her bath and then dresses up to look presentable.
She transports the kenkey and its supplement in a car to her usual stand. She says that business peaks between 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Ayitey prepares to round up by 10:30 pm to 11:00 pm because the food would’ve finished by then. She cleans up her place and sets off to the house.
Ayitey’s account mirrors the life of many Ghanaian women who are hustling on a daily basis to put food on the tables of their families; these women are an example of true Black resilience.
In another story, while driving a taxi as a profession is a field with active male influence, Rosemary Owusu Asantewaa is breaking limits as she makes ends meet to provide for her family.
In spite of her detractors who continue to posit the medieval narrative that driving a taxi is an area for men, Rosemary remains focused in her chosen profession.
The single mother of four children was first working as a retailer of second-hand goods at Michelle Camp, near Afienya in the Greater Accra Region.
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