By: Chrissa Percival
I had been working in the rural village of Adaklu, Ghana, West Africa for a few months before I met Verone. She is a woman in her mid-20s with a bright smile and a kind heart. As a mother of two daughters and one son, guardian to her niece, and receiving little help from a husband struggling with alcohol abuse, Verone works tirelessly to maintain their one room dwelling, provide enough food to eat and be able to send the children to school.
At a young age, her family pulled her from school to work on their subsistence farm and help her mother at market. Without an education, Verone is unable to get a job with decent pay or properly manage a small business of her own. The consequence is that her family often goes without and her daughters and niece are frequently out of school for…
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