How would you explain what you do?I am from Daka but I work in various communities within the environment. Most of the women sell firewood and as part of their business, they gather the wood and pile it to dry because when it is the wet season they cannot go into the woods. Therefore, I come in after they have cut the wood to help them carry it to their communities. And in some cases, I take it to Kwali, Giri, Airport and other places in town. I am a driver and I own this pick up vehicle. Why did you choose this business?It is not as if there are no other businesses. I just looked at the environment and tried to better it. As I am solving the problem of the women in carrying the woods to the community I am also making money. During the dry season what do you do?I do not go into the forest during the dry season so I usually buy firewood from the women and I deliver them to my buyers in town. How much do you charge?From the forest in Dadu to Daka, I charge N5,000 and I can carry about five loads per day depending on my vehicle and the customers. Of the money, I buy fuel for about N4,000, feed and pay my assistants. But from Dadu to the Airport, I charge N15,000. Would you say the business is profitable?This business is better than many government jobs. What I get from this business is enough to cater for my family. I built two houses in Ijah Pada, own a vehicle and motorcycle. Some government workers do not possess what I have.What are the challenges in this business?The bad road that links these communities top my problems because most of the time, my car breaks down. In some cases, I spend nights in the bush until a mechanic comes around. So, I service my car weekly and try as much as possible to put it in good shape.I always suffer injury, no be small injury ooh, all my fingers sometimes have broken. Don’t you consider cutting without replacing the wood a bad thing? Why should I? The woods cannot finish. They are in abundance, you see I have been carrying these woods for more than 28 years and they are still there, so they cannot finish.
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