Carrier girls in Togo

Elisabeth BLANCHET

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In Lomé, Togo, unlike other African cities, carrying goods to the market is a woman’s job instead of a man’s. The carrier girls from Lomé all belong to the same ethnic group and come from villages along the Togo/Ghana border. They work hard, all day long, except Sundays, and sometimes are exploited by merchants or clients because of their lack of education. Their mission: to make enough money to go back to their villages and settle there as a dressmakers or hairdressers. Despite the fact that life is hard, these girls have a strong sense of community spirit. In their own words:  “We are all sisters from the same family.”


Country : Royaume Uni
Place : Lomé

Number of photos : 50