5. Marai

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I am always happy because I am alive. I didn’t die in the course of the accident, so I am happy because I have life in me.


When I was growing up, I dropped out of primary school. I was a very determined woman, so I started trading and traded up to the age of twenty five. Within those twenty five years, I got married. As a trader, I used to purchase my stock from a village in Koforudia.

On my way to the market one day, we had an accident. I had no children when I had the accident, but I was married. I stayed in the hospital for three months. The doctors wanted to amputate my leg, but I refused. My family removed me from the hospital because they realized Western medicine was not helping me. I was taken to a traditional herbalist for treatment. It did not work, so I was removed from there and conveyed to another herbalist. That place worked a little. It took me two years before I was able to stand on my feet. It wasn’t easy for me to move, so I used a walker. That was the time I started walking.

My disability has brought a negative impact on my life. I am stagnant, my mobility is poor, and I am always confined in my room. I have to engage in selling drinks. To get stock, I have to send my fourteen-year-old boy. It is not easy for my boy to get stock, but I am compelled to send him.

What are your greatest strengths or abilities?

In spite of my disability, I am still selling. I am still working. Life must go on. I need capital to expand my business. If I can expand my business, it will make an impact on our lives.

When are your happiest and most difficult times?

I am always happy because I am alive. I didn’t die in the course of the accident, so I am happy because I have life in me. My sadness is that I am stagnant. My disability has crippled me from doing certain things in life. I used to go very far to fetch stock, but today I am very slow in life.


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