Cecilia T. is forty-three years old. She is a married woman and the mother of four daughters. She says one of her daughters is already working; one has just completed senior high school and is waiting for her results. The rest are in senior and junior high schools.
Cecilia and her family live in Somanya in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Somanya is a native town of a tribe in Ghana called the ‘Krobos’. Though people of other tribes have migrated there as a result of their occupations, the Krobos dominate the land.
Cecilia sells "gari" in nearby markets. "Gari" is a local delicacy produced from cassava. The peeled cassava is milled, squeezed of the water content and fried in a hot metal pan over a hot fire. Cecilia does not produce the "gari" herself, but procures from wholesalers in big markets. She desires to buy "gari" in bags and trek to other markets to distribute it.