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Bearing the weight: the centrality of head loading in a petty trading structure


, : Bearing the weight: the centrality of head loading in a petty trading structure. At christmas and on rainy days: transport, travel and the female traders of Accra: 59-82

The extensiveness of portering as part of the goods transportation system within the trading economy of Accra, Ghana by women is described. The social organization of Ghana's female head load carriers, locally termed as kayayoos is described. Particular attention is paid to the role of rural migrant girl children in this urban occupation: girl children and women temporarily migrate from the North to Accra in order to earn the income which will enable them to begin trading in their home areas.

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