-At 60 years, Abdulai Hawa wakes up daily to go to her two-acre farm to work in order to fend for herself and two kids – For the past 15 years and despite being physically challenged, Hawa journeys on her dilapidated tricycle for nearly 3km to her farm daily – Hawa has a maize, cassava, okra and groundnut farm in the East Gonja District of the Savannah Region
60-year-old Abdulai Hawa has been featured in a story by Daily Guide that captures her struggles as a physically challenged single-mother who on a daily basis works on her two-acre farm to provide for herself and two children. By mid-day, madam Abdulai Hawa, is on her two-acre beans farm, harvesting her produce.
Her farm is in the East Gonja District of the Savannah Region. ”I decided to go into farming and for the past 15 years, I have been farming to cater for myself and my children,” she says. Aside from beans farming, Madam Hawa also grows maize, cassava, okra, and groundnut. She spends her entire day on the farm.
”I wake up around 6:30 am each day to prepare to journey to the farm and return when I am done with the work on the farm depending on the nature of the farm work on that day,” she says. She journeys on her tricycle which is in a very dilapidated condition on rocky and bad roads for about 3km to her farm which is on the outskirt of the Salaga township. She drops off her tricycle and ties her legs with plastic to enable her to crawl around the farm since she cannot walk. While harvesting her beans, she opened up about her educational background. ”I am a form, four leavers. During my school days, my mates used to mock me because of my disability. Due to that I normally beat them with my walking stick but I couldn’t continue due to financial issues,” she said. ”I was later enrolled as an apprentice to do dressmaking but I could not continue due to my poor sight. I later ventured into petty trading but due to the lack of funds, I could not make progress in that sector as well,” she added. Abdulai Hawa has three children, one of whom has died. Currently, she lives with the surviving two children in Salaga.