By Buba Gagigo
The women residents of Sukuta-Salagi and surroundings on Sunday welcomed the opening of a new makeshift market.
Prior to the development, women in Sukuta-Salagi, Yunna, Mariama Kunda, Labakoreh and Sarre Pateh have been travelling to either Sukuta, Sere Kunda or Sinchu Alagie markets to sell or buy products.
“All we are calling for is support from the government, area council and individual Gambians who can help us with funding to complete this market. All the vendors here are all women who are breadwinners for their families and there is no doubt that today, all the women here are feeling happy and relieved,” Awa Joof, a resident of Sukuta-Salagi said.
“We are very excited for the opening of this new market in our own community. It used to be so tough on us (vendors) who frequently go to Sere kunda or Sinchu Alagie markets to sell our products,” 53-year-old Faye Darboe reacted.
Despite, excitement and relief the development brought for the area, they appealed for a standard market structure for selling and buying of their products.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sukuta-Salagi Unity Association (SSUA), Lamin Jatta called on the Gambia Government and Brikama Area Council (BAC) to support the women of the area to upgrade the temporary market to a standard one.
The first day at the new makeshift market was graced by cross-section of the communities within the catchment area, women leaders, youth leaders and elders of Sukuta who all welcoming the opening of the Sukuta Salagi market, recounting the hardship women of the area endure in providing food for their families.