Monrovia — “Woman come inside oh; woman comes to buy your slippers US$10. No more US$15… ” The above is without doubt one of the not unusual hawks which are being bellowed throughout Monrovia’s primary industrial district of Waterside this festive season. This, particularly, will also be heard from hawkers up Michelin Street, on the intersection with Ashmum Street.

They are below the sizzling solar, some sweating profusely however everybody strikes about their standard companies. That a part of Michelin Street, which leads down the hill into Water Side Market, is the most up to date a part of each Michelin and Water Streets. It is jammed packed as standard all through this time of the 12 months as dealers, are shouting at feminine consumers.

FrontPageAfrica took time to talk with one of the vital distributors to listen to from them about how trade is that this season.

According to Christian Quaye, who sells ladies’s clothes, remaining 12 months’s Christmas was once some distance higher than this 12 months’s as a result of there is not any cash on the town.

“I did electricity as a profession but this government operates on who knows you the basis and not what you know. So if I go seek for job, they will look at me by my appearance and not what I can do, so it’s better I do business and be my own boss. Let them give the youth the key because they have been there so long; let them give us space to occupy, but everybody wants to hold things for themselves, and it is not supposed to be so,” Quaye stated.

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Chris and different distributors jokingly stated, it kind of feels, there are extra dealers than consumers. They known as at the govt to convey costs down as a result of trade is just too sluggish.

Wearing darkish sunglasses clear of the solar, and wearing her items on her head, Vabah Moore is promoting public sale feminine denims this Christmas Season.

“We thank God for this day, but we want this Christmas to be postponed because there is no money in the town, and the businesswomen upstairs are suppressing us. When we go buy the market from them, they do not want to bring prices down, so how do we sell to gain profits? Like these ladies’ jeans I am selling, I bought each US$5, so I have to sell it for L$1,000 per piece to be able to get profit,” Ms. Moore stated.

Buyer Annie Thomas, a beautician, who was once attempting on a couple of black slippers, however may now not get proper her measurement, stated she isn’t a central authority employee however she was once in a position to do shoppers’ hair and she or he is purchasing issues for herself.

“The government says they finished paying the government workers but I am not really seeing anything like people buying from us. People are buying small, small because the sellers are more than the buyers, just as President Weah can go to work, it’s the same way we can come to work, because it is this market we are living by and supporting our families. Many of these tables you see are auction tables, but after the season, they will leave, then we the original people who always sell here, will remain. The ‘Logan town people,’ who are always asking how much but can never buy, are so many, and the true buyers are few,” stated seller Josiah Wilson, who sells clothes.