So Touching: The Pain Of Pure Water Sellers, How You Can Help


According to pure water sellers in Lagos, most times, It takes about 6 hours to sell 20 Sachets of water which amounts to a total Of N200 (less than 1Dollar).

From the N200, the Profit is only about N40 as the sachet water sellers have to pay the wholesalers their money back as well as cover the price for ice block which was used to cool the water.


The long and short of it is that some of them make only N40 in 6 Hours of Hustling under the hot sun, risking their lives on major express roads and always at the mercy of the environmental protection board who whip them with cane when caught; burst their water sachets to the ground and fine them N5,000.

The vast majority of the hawkers you see daily choose to make N40 in 6 Hours over crime.

The least you can do is to be kind to them. When next you are in traffic, patronize them, and if possible, give them money, you might be saving a life.

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