A class four (4) pupil of Agormanya Methodist Primary School in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region, has resorted to the manufacturing and sale of ‘susu’ boxes to cater for her educational needs.
Priscilla Tetteh Doe makes and sells susu boxes of varying sizes – large, medium and small – which go for GHc10, GHc5 and GHc3 respectively.
According to the nine-year-old pupil, the sale of the susu boxes is also aimed at supporting her mother and five siblings, following the demise of her father, Mr. Tetteh Christian, three years ago.
Priscilla Tetteh Doe started started her ‘susu business’ about three years ago following her father’s passing.
Speaking in an interview with Angel FM’s reporter, Opambour Jaman Dehyea, she disclosed that she was motivated to acquire the skills of manufacturing susu boxes to support her mother, who in turn would, cater for her education and her siblings.
Speaking in the Krobo parlance, she told the reporter that “I chose this path because life was hard after my father passed away and in order not to quit school I have to take this up.”
She indicated that, her dream is to be one of the best doctors in the country and the world at large but death and financial constraints have left her dream in limbo.
Describing how she produces the boxes, she said she buys a carpet-like material and plywood for production.
“I place the carpet material on the ply wood and cut into pieces after using a pencil for measurement. Afterwards, I divide the plywood into sizes and scrub them clean for drying. I then mold them and finish up with nails’, she said in her native Krobo language”.
She added that production is not easy because she combines it with school and has to sometimes forfeit going to school on the Agormanya market days, which falls on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Priscilla Tetteh Doe happens to be the only female among six siblings of her parents however, due to financial challenges, Priscilla Tetteh Doe, was adopted by a woman whom she now lives with at Kojonya a suburb of krobo odumase, where she learnt to ply her trade.
Priscilla is therefore seeking help from benevolent people to aid her education.