Foto’s Blog: “Not enough money for photographs”

Mar 28, 2011   //   Daily Foto, Ghana  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: “Not enough money for photographs”

Phodographer Maia Pelleg in Ghana April 2010

Maia Pelleg enthusiastically embraced Dog Meets World while volunteering as a Kiva Fellow before starting law school. Maia expressed reverence and respect for all the women she worked with. She wrote about Vela (above) who does not own a photograph of her children. Through Dog Meets World, Maia provided her first photos. Vela says,

I am a business lady,” and is proud that she has been accessing micro-loans to improve her revenue. Vela told Maia that half of her profits are reinvested in her business and the other half go to pay for food and school fees for her children. There is not enough money to pay for photographers.

Meet Rukyiah, she runs a general provisions shop two-hours from Tarkwa, Ghana. She sells items such as minerals, grains and flour to members of her community. Rukyiah credits a series of micro-loans with enabling her to truly provide for her four children.

“I’m good at business and I’m very hard-working,” she says, “Thank you for this photo. My children will be proud.”

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