Filles Portefaix du Grand Marché de Lomé, Togo { 38 images } Created 15 Nov 2008

Carrier Girls in Togo
In Lomé, Togo, carrying goods in markets is woman's work, although it is man's work in other African cities. The carrier girls of Lomé belong to the same ethnic group, originally from villages along the border between Togo and Ghana. They work hard all day long, every day except Sundays. Their lack of education is often exploited by merchants or clients. They aim to make enough money to go back to their villages and start businesses: dressmaking or hairdressing. Despite their very hard lives, the carrier girls of Lomé have a very strong camaraderie. They say : «We are all sisters of the same family».
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