- A Ghanaian market vendor named Helina has indicated that she was able to buy two cars from selling cowhide in the market for eight years
- Helina narrated that the cars are just some of the many things she was able to get for herself from selling cowhide popularly called ponmo
- However, she explained a few downsides of the trade especially in recent times
Helina, a Ghanaian market woman has revealed that she was able to buy two cars from selling cowhide popularly called ponmo.
In an interview with Yen, the woman said the cars are only some of the many things she was able to get for herself over the eight years she has sold the goods, as there is more that she cannot disclose on camera.
When asked why she decided to go into the sale of ponmo, Helina indicated that she had stayed with a woman who was into the business and decided to simply take over from her.
Helina mentioned that her business is very lucrative but in recent times, this has reduced significantly and she is planning to stop and learn a different trade.
She attributed the reduced profits to the high prices at which the goods are now sold at source, which the vendors like herself cannot impose on the customers.
When asked if there are any other downsides to the trade, Helina revealed:
"The thing about the wele business is that you have to always keep yourself tidy because it leaves a strong stench on you. It can be on you everywhere you go. Sometimes, drivers don't even want to carry us due to the smell of the goods we are carrying."
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, a market woman who speaks English fluently lamented low patronage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The woman, who graduated from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, said she no longer sell like she used to due to the pandemic.
The trader, however, said there are former coursemates of hers who are proud of the business she does. She said the ones that are proud of her are aware that she's doing well.
Tunde Ososanya, a Legit.ng editor, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He's passionate about what he does and finds fulfillment in informing the people. Ososanya is the author of Later Tonight: a Collection of Short Stories.
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