Group photograph with Mrs Gifty Asmah - CEO, DQF
The women producing Palm Kernel Oil in Kwesimintsim are still facing the eviction. As a result, the women have drastically reduced their production because they do not know when they will finally be evicted, some are confused and don't know what to do. This is also seriously affecting their finances because the more you produce the more profit you are likely to get. This phenomenon also makes covering their everyday living expenses difficult; many of the women have reported struggling to support their families and pay their children’s school fees.
Daasgift Quality Foundation (DQF) had series of meetings with the landlord and the landlord had agreed to accomodate the women up to the end of November, 2011, after which he may not listen to any further excuses.Meanwhile, DQF is still sensitizing the women on the use of clean energy, Global warming, Malaria and reproductive health weekly.
The women were able to get 4 plots of land at Egyibri a suburb of Takoradi. The site is strategically located and will facilitate their business. However, the oil discovery in the region is another threat, thus every space in the metropolis is becoming expensive by the day due to the influx of more companies offering higher prices for the land in the region and if care is not taken, the women may eventually give up on their trade/ business and join the wagon of the already high unemployment in Ghana.
As a result, DQF is in talks with institutions, individuals and with support from Global giving to rescue our dear mothers who need a space to work but not to beg.
The women processing the palm kernel
A visit by Helena Meri from CHF to the site