In Ghana, improved, sustainable sanitation helps a “Queen Mother of Oranges” reign supreme in her heavily populated community market

In Ashaiman, a district town in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region, shoppers know they can count on Diana Kumi to have the municipality’s freshest fruit for sale. However, for years, Esi Maame Kumi – also known by her popular nickname  “Queen Mother of Oranges” in the Twi language – held court in a crowded open-air market that she describes as more like an open sewer.

In Ghana, improved, sustainable sanitation helps a “Queen Mother of Oranges” reign supreme in her heavily populated community market
In Ashaiman, a district town in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region, shoppers know they can count on Diana Kumi to have the municipality’s freshest fruit for sale. However, for years, Esi Maame Kumi – also known by her popular nickname  “Queen Mother of Oranges” in the Twi language – held court in a crowded open-air market that she describes as more like an open sewer.