Crime Check Foundation, CCF have supported starving widow Afia and miserable looking Serwaa with business capital and food items to be able to survive the lockdown.
44 year old widow, Afia said her husband died three years ago and since then life has never been smooth as she painstakingly caters for the children with her non-profit yielding footwear business. She said she cannot rely on family members because both hers and her late husband’s family are not well to do.
“Because I do not have money, I have to borrow Two Hundred Ghana Cedis from somebody to buy the footwear though such a business requires big capital. The highest profit I sometimes make is Twenty Ghana Cedis and it has not been easy to take my children to school because if I do not sell my children will not be able to go to school that day. I always have to leave them home without food or money and go to sell and later send them money through mobile money”. She told crimecheckghana.
The poor mother of four said she has to take the risk to defy the lockdown to sell to be able to feed her children.
The poor widow told crimecheckghana at the time of the visit that the little stock of foodstuff she managed to buy for the house is exhausted. She said a benevolent neighbor gifted her Fifty Ghana Cedis and a bag of rice which they would feed on for the week. Afia said because of financial difficulties she could only afford a small single room for a year.
In the case of distraught looking Serwaa, she said they were ejected from the room they lived in at Dansoman a suburb of Accra, Ghana because they are financially handicapped.
“My second hand clothes business collapsed because I could not invest in it and my husband’s carpentry work was taken over by a company. Due to that we could not afford to renew our rent of the room when the previous tenure expired”. She said.
At the time crimecheckghana visited her at their makeshift shelter, a worried looking Serwaa was sitting down thinking through where she could get food to feed the family as she disclosed that they have not eaten for the whole day. She said they have to improvise the makeshift shelter in a building which was under construction at Palas Town, a suburb of Accra because they could not rent. She said when it rains they would have to stand till the rain subsides because the water leaks through the thick cloth they have used to roof the dusty room in which they find refuge.
The poor mother of five said, doctors have prescribed surgery for her to correct her eye problem but she cannot afford the cost.
CCF donated a cash amount of One Thousand Five Hundred Ghana Cedis to both poor women as part of their charity programme to support them during the lockdown period. The donation was made possible through the financial support from Mama Florence in Ohio in the US and another group, Beautiful Ladies in the UK.
Receiving the money both women were grateful for the donation.
Afia received One Thousand Ghana Cedis, and poured out blessings on the donors and CCF for the gesture. “May God bless you abundantly and that you never stop being generous. God bless Mama Florence to excel in her business and make her never lack in life. Also, may God bless the Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation, Mr. Ibrahim Kwarteng for taken it upon himself to help the needy in society”. She prayed.
Serwaa also received Five Hundred Ghana Cedis and blessed the donors. “God replenish and increase anything that the donors have lost because of this kind gesture”. She prayed.
The Foundation is appealing to the public to support both women to get an established business and also help them rent a room.