A woman who says her biggest ambition is to conquer the globe with her traditional meal dubbed ‘Kwacoco Bible’ has told natimesnews.com that the sale of ‘Kwacoco Bible’ can be a source of income and employment for many women.
Kwacoco is a staple meal of the Bakweri people of the South West region in Cameroon. The foodstuff which is a derivative of cocoyam is now being sold in many parts of the country.
Pamela is one of the many hundreds of women who have gained employment by selling Kwacoco Bible. “Everyday I sell about 100 bundles of Kwacoco Bibles” Pamela said.
A bundle of Kwacoco Bible is 200frs less than a dollar. So every month, Pamela says she makes not less than 300.000frs about 600 US dollars.
In an interview with the natimesnews.com, she said her ambition is to conquer international markets. She added that she has been inspired numerous orders from her customers each time they travel to the US or to Europe.
“Each time my big customers are about to travel abroad, they place an order for about 100 Kwacoco, at times 200 bundles. I prepare the Kwacoco about 2 days before their trip and stock them in the freezer in order to preserve them”, Pamela intimated to the natimesnews.com reporter.
She stresses that more customers are coming. “Today, I can proudly assist my husband to run the home and to pay the bills. I also take care of my basic needs”, she said.
A consistent consumer of Kwacoco, a former president of Junior Chambers International, Roland Kwemain, told natimesnews.com that, during his stay in the US, his breakfast was always Kwacoco Bible and tea. As president of an International NGO dubbed ‘Go ahead Africa, Kwemain says his dream is to help organise women selling Kwacoco to industrialize the sector.
Kwacoco which is also known as Endeley’s bread, named after a one time Prime Minister of West Cameroon, E.M.L Endeley, from Bakweri extraction and who always travelled with the staple, takes time to prepare.
Pamela says you begin by peeling the cocoyams, grind the cocoyams, mix it with several ingredients and palm oil, then tie it in small long bundles using plantain leaves.