Patience Sedor is full of joy and a positive outlook that cannot help but make you smile. This 54 year old women was born and raised in Klave and continues to make her home in this remote village in the Volta Region of Ghana. After spending five years in Accra trying to learn a trade she returned to Klave to make a home and a living. Rising at 5:30 in the morning this mother of two prepares breakfast for her children, grandchild and her husband. As a peasant farmer, Patience works hard to provide for her family but often times come up short. On a daily basis she walk 45 minutes to her farm and works until around 4:30 in the evening. To supplement her income Patience also produces palm oil, and while a common occupation for women in Klave, it is very labor intensive and yields little income.
Upon returning home, she will prepare dinner for her family, and more often than not the meal is her personal favorite of fufu, which is a delicious combination of stewed meat or fish and boiled-pounded cassava. Over fufu, her family talks about politics, current affairs and the happenings of the day. In speaking with Patience, her concerns are common of other community members, including the lack of proper health facilities, poor sanitation, the struggles of educating her children and earning a good living. This conversation quickly turns to the things that she loves, including her children, community service and the hardworking nature of her family, friends and the community. With a setting sun, we end the conversation with a hug and depart her modest home with feelings of warmth and hope that she instills in her community and those around her. Help us help her and the community of Klave.