Baka Hawa is a 55-year old widow from Naawie in the Lambussie Karni District of the Upper West Region of Ghana. She is a member of the Amuna (meaning “Go and See”) Village Savings and Loans Association at Naawie. She joined the Pathways project in 2013 after a community sensitization and this marked a turning point in her life.
“I have no regrets,” she exclaims smiling, “The field facilitator taught my group how to prepare soy recipes and since then I have been selling winimix made from soybean to earn a living and this has empowered me financially.”
Baka has an acre soybean farm where she has adopted and implemented good agronomic practices she learned from the project. During the 2014 cropping season, she harvested 450 kilograms of soybean from her farm.
She makes an average profit of 25 USD per month from the sale of the winimix. Through the business, she has been able to buy a donkey for 73 USD to help plough her farm and also to make money by ploughing for other farmers. In addition to the donkey, Baka bought a secondhand refrigerator for 220 USD with savings from her business and proceeds from the sale of the soybeans she cultivated in 2014. With the refrigerator, she is able to sell soy milk, water, and other local beverages to earn additional income.
“With this I am able to adequately meet the basic needs of my family which hitherto was not the case. I have been able to meet the protein requirements of my family through the use of soy recipes and my grandchildren in particular look very healthy and are doing very well in school thanks to Pathways.”
After the 2015 harvest, Baka says, “I intend to buy a donkey cart to help in transporting my farm produce and for other domestic purposes. I have experienced the Pathways project and it is good. I therefore urge other women to get involved.”