In Togo, Down to One Daily Meal

Safoura Allaza, who lives in Agoényivé, outside Lomé, the capital of Togo, has been hit hard by the global financial crisis. She told her story to Qeenida Eklou, who works for CRS Togo.

I was a second-hand clothes seller at the main market in Lomé. I sold a little of everything. For three months, my sales were falling. I wasn’t even able to cover the taxi ride to the market. So I decided to change jobs: I started offering my services as a maid who did everything: laundry, sweeping, general housekeeping.

I’ve been going from house to house, offering to clean them to earn a little money. At the beginning, people more or less paid well. At the end of the day, I made between $6 and $8.

But since the beginning of November, people aren’t paying as much for my services. The households where I work are all singing the same song: There is no more money. Accept the little we have to give you.

It’s really hard for us who are poor with children to feed. I can only feed my children one meal a day. They are losing weight in front of my eyes. My husband who was just getting by (financially) in a company, lost his job. He’s lamenting his fate at home. Truly, you could say that the sky is falling on our heads.

Togo is one of more than 100 countries whose people you help when you partner with CRS in reaching the world’s poorest. The global financial crisis has, of course, hurt everyone. It has made helping more difficult even as it increases the desperation of needy people. If you are at all inclined and able to help, know that what may seem an insignificant amount to you is nothing less than lifesaving. Even a little bit can make a big difference.

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