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Street hustle Accra: A day in the life of a Bofrot seller making ends meet to support her family

The subject for today's 'Street Hustle Accra', a Bofrot seller, Selina Abrokwah tells us about how she survives in life with her field of work.

Bofrot

Selina is a mother-of-three and she is doing this business to support her husband and her household.

Morning

I wake up at 4am and then I mix my ingredients. Then I match straight to the floor milling place. I have to go this early because if I delay. I would go to meet a long queue and my flour is like to spoil because of the yeast in it.

Usually, I am either the third or fourth person in the queue.

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We till wait till probably 30 to 40 minutes before the flour Miller arrives and then he starts work.

So by 5:30am, I should have returned home.

When I return, I pick my table and then I would my mixed floor the way I want it. This should take me about 2 to 3 hours.

So by 8am, I should be done moulding my mixed floor. Then I leave it in the sun for about an hour for it to rise a little.

During this hour, I check on my children and prepare breakfast for them and because they are not attending school, I have found a teacher who teaches them at home.

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So after breakfast, they take their bath and then go straight to the teacher's house for studies.

I also take my bath and then look pleasant for the market.

By 9:30am, I begin to fry my bofrot. This takes me about 2hours.

At 11:30, I carry my bofrot and then head to town to go and sell them.

Afternoon

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My afternoon is usually for sales, the bofrot is mostly bought in the afternoon. I have some customers I go to during this time. They usually like the food served hot, so when I leave the house, I go straight to all my customers.

After selling to my customers, then I head into places where there are traffic lights.

Most passengers also like the food in the afternoon.

So I sell till about 3pm. By that time the bofrot should have finished. When I am closer to the house, I walk back home but when I am not, I pick a vehicle and then go home. But before I do, I make sure I pass by the market to buy the ingredients I will need for the bofrot the next day.

So by 4 to 4:30pm, I should have been home.

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My children come home at 5 so when I get home, I take a nap for about an hour before they get home if not I won't be able to.

Evening

By 5:30pm, I wake up and then prepare dinner. This should take me like an hour so when I am done, I serve my children. While they eat, I pick the utensils I used in preparing the bofrot and I wash them neatly for the next day.

When I am done, I bath my children, and then I initiate them to do their assignment. Then I put them to sleep. Then I also go to take my bath.

My husband hardly comes home early and his workplace is close to the house to after bathing, I wear my attire and then I go to wait for him till he closes. This should be around 9pm.

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When we return home, I serve him and then when he is done, I wash the utensils. After this, I should be ready for bed.

I checked on my children again to see if they are all asleep, and then I go to bed too.

So basically, this is how I spend my day.

Best moments

My bofrot is delicious so I don't strive too hard to sell them. My customers are always ready to buy from me.

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They give me some tips so I get more than the amount I sell virtually every day.

This means I get enough money for myself and then enough to support my family too.

Challenges

Waking up that early is really tiring and especially if I no time to even rest is quite frustrating.

Although walking is an exercise, it's really tiring.

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Most of the times, I have to resort to painkillers to ease my body pains.

My children aren't grown too so I do everything in the house, which is another moment of tiredness.

The mere fact that I have to go to wait for my husband till he closes is another but if I wait at home, I will sleep and he will wake me up when he comes so would have to wait. Then I can serve him.

Aside these, the work is interesting and I am hoping to expand it where people can come and even pick some from me to go and sell.

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