Under unfavorable weather conditions Nowai Togbah, eighty-six (86) years and a Grandmother in Gbarnga, Bong County struggles to sell cold-water to fend for her daily meal and support her family from proceeds generated from the sale.
Exerting effort each day, the aging lady spring at customers showcasing her product in a stiff competition with others mainly younger folks. She’s braving the storm and said she’s proud to do such instead of begging for handouts or engaging in other awful activities .
Ma-Niwai as she is often called in a recent interview said, she has been selling cold-water for about half a year and the proceeds from the sales is helping to pay her house rent and take care of her belove grandchildren.
“I lost my daughter; the husband is nowhere to be seen and my big son has been sick for about 12 years”
She indicated that her late daughter had four kids and she is compared to provide their meal and shelter. “If you were in my situation, what would you do?”
Bracing herself the aging lady said there is no other alternative left but to engage in selling cold water to anyone which she feels very proud of.
Our Bong County Correspondent said, the old lady was seen on Monday April 26, 2021 running to a passenger bus at the Gbarnga iron gate to serve passengers who were on board.
“Sometimes when car stops and I run there to sell my water, those in the car can buy, there also people who can call me but sometimes they will say that the water is not cold, that cannot make me to feel bad because I know I am making business and in business, you need not too harshly talk to your customers.” she said.
According to her, she sometimes earns $200 LD a day especially when the weather is sunny, but when rain falls, she makes less than $75LD a day. “When I get money, I can buy rice and other things to cook for the children. The day I don’t make much money, there is a lady in my Community that I usually credit from jus to feed the kids.”
Meanwhile, Ma-Nowai has told KMTV that she will be happy to get support from anyone, adding that whatever she receives will be used for the purpose intended.