Every morning mama mboga, the vegetable vendor passes through doors calling ''mboga, mboga'' she has now harvested the all season vegetables and now hawks door to door, sometimes sits patiently by the roadside everyday to wait for her customers or to earn a living.these are invisible entrepreneurs who are rarely noticed by any one they feed families, communities and sometimes nations. These women break their backs farming small farms they own, kitchen gardens or leased farms and survive on the little they accumulate from their hard work.

From the proceeds of their rarely recognized enterprise they have taken there children and orphaned relative to school increasing the human resource on the continent and feed the continent.They may not know the existence of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like zero hunger, education for all or ending poverty or receive standing ovations for innovations or being the best Chief Executive Officer. All they care about is there children having food to eat and getting an education it may not be the best education offered but they know their children or orphaned relatives will have a better life as a result of schooling.

Next time you go to the market and find the woman selling plantain, fruits,groundnuts, beans, maize and vegetables think of the contribution they make in you community and your countries economy, they truly mean business.

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Thanks Immah This is so true. All they want is for their childre to always have a better future. A mother will always make that sacrifice for her children, however little it may seem but it makes a huge difference in the world.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi Head of Legal and Advocacy Centre for Batwa Minorities a.kiddu@gmail.com cfmlegal@gmail.com Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Dear Immah, 

You bring up an important point that many people fail to notice about the under-appreciated farmer. In my town there are Farmer's Markets. Farmers bring their food that took much time to grow, nurture and harvest to sell for a reasonable price, hoping they will at least break even. Many people claim that the farmer's markets are too expensive (they are slightly more expesive than grocery store produce, but that produce pales in comparison to the food produced by individual small farmers). Farmers here are unappreciated even though the work they do is vital to life. 

The women you discuss are not only "invisible entrepreneurs" but they are also givers of life, who nurture their children and families the way they nurture their plants, their life's work. Thank you for giving a voice to these strong women. 

Best Wishes,

Sycamore May 

Sycamore May

Dear Immah,

Few people realize or recognize how many women farmers there are globally and throughout history and what hard work is involved. Most automatically believe that she has not grown the food herself, when usually she has, with knowledge, skill and care for the earth. It is heartwarming to read your recognition and respect for this woman and her work.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Hello Immah,

such an amazing write up. Most of these women do not sell to make profit but make a living to provide basic needs for their family and making sure their children go to school. When ever i patronize such vendors i do not bargain i purchase and even go as far as leaving the change for them.

Inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.

What a wonderful write up As an educationist,one who has a compelling compassion for poor and needy children.I can appericiate what you are saying.Women like that need to be encouraged by supporting them by buying their produce often.I rather wait till fridays to buy my vegetables so i can purchase from women who come from the hinter lands to sell.

Dear sisters,

Thank you my sisters for recognizing the import role women play through farming and various other small enterprises they create and run. By reading and commenting on this article you have shown how passionate you are about women entrepreneurs who are rarely recognized. Thank you all again fro reading.

Warmest Regards

Immaculate

Immaculate