Investigating The Socio-Economic Challenges Faced by Female Migrant Hawkers at The Kasoa Toll booth

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Ghana, like many developing countries, experiences a high rate of internal migration (rural-urban migration). This type of mobility is many times performed by people moving from rural dwellings to urban centers in search of economic opportunities. Over the years, women's participation in Ghana's rural-urban migration streams has seen a rise and street hawking is one of the popular informal economic opportunities taken up by female migrants in Ghana’s urban spaces. Despite its opportunity for financial freedom, the job is characterized by harsh working conditions, insecurity and the risk of physical harm and abuse. The objective of this study is to recommend solutions for sustainable, long-term positive impact in the lives of female migrant street hawkers by focusing on those who work near the Kasoa Tollbooth. To achieve this, the research asked questions concerned with why the females migrated and what socio-economic challenges they faced. The study also looked at whether the females still believe that the decision to migrate was the correct one, given different factors. The research was analyzed using the qualitative phenomenological approach which is advantageous in its ability to capture the experiences and essence of a phenomenon from the perspective of participants. Primary data was collected on the street hawkers at the Kasoa Tollbooth in the form of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. From the research, it was found that the female migrant hawkers at the Kasoa Tollbooth face many socio-economic challenges including injuries, illnesses, harassment by officials and theft. According to the respondents, the best way to help them achieve their long-term goals involves financial assistance either to open a shop, further one’s education or pursue a career with an existing skill
Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Boa-Amponsem, E. (2022). Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Ashesi University, Berekuso. 62 pgs.