SK Craft market vendors cries over low customer turnout, sales

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Vendors at Serrekunda craft market have expressed their frustration over low customer turnout and sales, saying the only time they make appreciable selling is during Tourist seasons.

Speaking to our reporter last Thursday, Ada Bojang said business at the craft market is not working well with them, saying sometimes they will leave their houses in the morning and spend the entire day without selling even a single piece of cloth.  “This is difficult time for us because we depend on our business for survival, pay school fees for our children, pay house rent and other needs.”

She also appealed to the government to reduce the tax and the licenses on them, saying it is not because the tax is too high but because their businesses are not booming normally which, she said is very hard on them.

Mrs. Bojang further stated that the only time their businesses become marketable is during Tourist seasons, depending on what they sell at the craft market. “Most of the tourists prefer carved materials and majority of us sell traditional wrappers which is needed mainly during marriage and naming ceremonies.”

She appealed to Gambians to go back to the traditional way of dressing which, she said will make the craft market better even without tourist  seasons so that economic earnings will be better in The Gambia.

Momdou Secka said it is painful for a responsible family owner to leave his house from morning to evening without selling anything, noting that it is from the market where he and his family make a living. “The market is only better during tourist seasons,” he lamented.

Author: Sanneh Jallow & Fatou B Ceesay