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Cries of Yaoundé No 2

No 2: Loveline

Loveline sells ‘Poisson Poulet’, a large smoked fish which when smoked and wrapped looks like chicken. She collects the fish from the market from 5am and smokes it at home. She sets out around midday, carrying up to 35 pieces on her head. More would be too heavy. She sells mainly in the centre, around the town hall. Her customers buy the fish for lunch or take it home and eat it with their families for supper. She works seven days a week. Her husband does the same and together they are raising three children. Her box of fish costs her around 40,000 CFA (£55) and will last several days; she needs to buy firewood (1,500 CFA) and salt. She walks the streets until she has sold all of her fish. Each piece sells for about 2,000 CFA (£3). So if she sells 35 she makes about £96 per day. After costs (fish, salt, firewood) her profits hover between 10-55,000CFA (£15-£75) depending on the daily quantities sold. The average day brings 12,000CFA (£16.50).

The minimum wage in the Cameroon is 36,270 CFA (£50) per month source:

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