A 26-year-old coconut vendor has revealed an astonishing fact regarding the money he earns at the end of each month.
According to Baba Rahman, he would rather sell coconuts and make more money than work in an office where he wouldn’t be paid up to fifty percent (50%) of what he makes in a month.
He stated, “Sometimes I may sell 200 pieces of coconuts in a day and even if I sell it for GH4 I will get GH800 just a day.” when asked about the profitability of the business. I can turn a profit of G300 in a day, which means that I can earn at least GH7,000 from my coconut business in a month, he said.
Mr. Rahman, a SHS graduate, said that he has been selling coconuts in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region, for more than three years and that he has no regrets about entering that industry.
He claimed in an interview with Ambassador TV that he began selling coconut after his father passed away.
“My father died when I was in school so I ventured into Coconut business to take care of myself. Majority of Ghanaians don’t value Coconut business and sometimes they disrespect the coconut sellers but it is a profitable business”, he revealed.
“Imagine a coconut seller who is making GH¢5,000 or GH¢6,000 every month will any day choose Coconut business over government work because how many government workers will take home Ghc5,000 within a month?” Rahman asked.
“I feel proud that I couldn’t further my education after SHS due to family financial challenges because it strengthened me to take coconut business serious and now I’m making profit to take care of the family”.
When asked by Osei Kwadwo if he will stop Coconut business if he gets office work that will pay him GH¢2,000 he said “I will never make that mistake because I can raise GH¢5,000 within a month as a profit if I decide not to sell more coconut within that month.
“Office work is too stressful but doing my work as coconut seller, I get enough time to do some other businesses and still make profit from even the coconut business alone.
“Assuming I’m receiving GH¢,2000 working in an office, I have to spend half of the money as transportation so at the end of the month the work will turn to be hand to mouth,” he observed and advised the youth not to depend much on government but rather try to start small business of which they can make profit from.
“I know university graduates who sell coconut and they are making money from it. Even them if you tell them you are giving them office work, they will run away from you,” he added.