Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic

Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic

Mathew, who’s visually impaired sits under a tree outdoors the compound of his family home, in his house community, Abunyanya, within the Nkwanta North District of the Volta Region. 

He sits together with his head up, blinking his eye intermittently. 

One may think about what was going by way of his head after struggling the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It messed up his funds. 

He, thereafter, had to wrestle to fend for his family members who depend on him and his senior brother for his or her livelihood. 

Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic

Mathew was born with none incapacity. 

Growing up, he was an education fanatic who enrolled within the community primary school.

He, nonetheless, had to drop out within the late Nineteen Eighties when the unlucky occurred.

“I was happily attending school when one day my colleagues kicked a football towards me. I noticed the ball travelled with sand which entered my eye. I tried to clean the sand, but after several attempts, I noticed I had become blind because I couldn’t see anything. 

My furniture also got missing at school and that was the end. I was with the batch which started the 3 years Junior Secondary School system”, he narrated. 

His dream of rising into an informed elite was shuttered, compelling him to take to farming to elevate money for his maintenance.  

With the help of his elder brother, he braved the chances to fend for himself, his siblings and his blind mother.

He managed to elevate some money to set up a corn mill business that solely survived for a year.

Until 2018 when he benefited from the distribution of the District Assembly Common Fund which he used to set up a store, Mathew survived on proceeds from his farm and corn mill business. 

Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic
The remnants of the broken corn mill machine.

He explained that “I also have a corn mill which I established with my savings. But it is spoilt, the engine block is damaged.”

He then targeting his store at the community centre, which he was working alongside the corn mill. 

Mathew trades in a spread of merchandise which he travels a deplorable highway to purchase within the Kpassa market. 

Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic
Mathew at the doorway of his “Blue Shop”

He lamented that, “the coronavirus pandemic destroyed a lot of things. Wholesalers from Ho, Hohoe and Kadjebi no longer brought goods. When we travel to buy goods in Accra, we are unable to sell them because they are expensive.”

Unfortunately, the effects of the pandemic coupled with financing the funeral of his store attendant plunged Mathew’s business into misery. 

He lost a bit of his capital, after financing the funeral of the attendant. 

Visually impaired petty trader struggles to recover from impact of coronavirus pandemic
Mathew standing in his store.

“The boy I was sending lost his life in a vehicular accident when he was travelling to Kpassa to buy goods. I was compelled to use some of my capital to buy a coffin and bury him. 

I started trading again with the little money left when the coronavirus pandemic ended”, he said. 

However, Mathew appealed for monetary help from one and all to help put him again into business to enhance his revenue margin.

This he believes would contribute to bettering the livelihoods and dwelling situations of his family members. 

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