THIS YOUNG GHANAIAN GRADUATE IS A SNAIL FARMER AND HER STORY IS ALL THE INSPIRATION YOU NEED TODAY.
Her name is Maame Abena Serwah Donkor.
A graduate of Accra Polytechnic with a certification in Operations & Supply Chain Management.
She also happens to be the Head of Sales and Marketing of Reality Sports Consult.
Will you be surprised if we tell you she’s a snail farmer? Well! she is and she has also trained others to start their own farms which are quite commendable.
She posted her story on Facebook and you need to read it. This is indeed the new Ghana.
Read her story below:
My name is Maame Serwah Donkor and I’m a snail Farmer
Snails have been my favorite type of meat for years now and like any other Ghanaian I only get to eat them when they are in season, twice a year.
Untill I discovered “edible” snails in my backyard was when I learned through research that snails could actually be reared and made available throughout the year!
With the support of my friend who had knowledge about heliculture I set up my first snail pen with 60 snails from my backyard!
Fast forward now I have a mini Snail farm of about 2000 of three different species in a small area around where I live! Over the months I have studied snails and how to raise them as a practicing farmer and gone on to train others to start up as well!
Snails are a very nutritious source of protein with a huge breeding potential in Ghana and Africa as a whole. An average snail is comprised of 80% water, 15% protein and 2.4% fat. They contain essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium and are a rich source of vitamins E, A, K and B12,making it a healthier choice of meat for human consumption.You’ll be surprised to find that the biggest retail malls in the Accra city never have snails in stock!
Snails are also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. The benefits of snail slime were recognised in ancient Greece to heal skin and ulcers and to reduce scarring. More recently, Chilean snail farmers highlighted the benefits when they noticed cuts on their hands healed very quickly and their skin became softer. This is because the slime contains antibiotics, glycolic acid,collagen and elastin, and so it heals and regenerates skin cells minimising scars. Today there are Spas in Asia that treat various skin ailments with snail slime.
Although snails are better reared especially in West Africa, it’s sad to learn that out of the average 500,000 tons of snails consumed annually all over the world,less than a quarter is produced from Africa!In Ghana when they’re out of season they go as high as GH50 for 4 medium sized ones,which an average Ghanaian may not be able to afford.
Now with a long term goal of future expansion, global export and job creation GH20,000 can enable me brand my snail business with world class quality and expose by training, especially the young and unemployed entrepreneurial minded to become successful snail farmers as well.
Let me take this opportunity to Thank You WorldRemit for providing hassle free remittance services for my family and friends for 4 years and also supporting the women of Ghana through this great initiative!
We salute you and wish you all the best.
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