This couple have denied all odds including the old cliché which advises never to mix business with pleasure to run a business partnership while in a relationship balancing personal and business goals.
A 55-year–old Edward Armah Ago and his wife Evelyn Adjeley Adjei, 42, working together as a couple has strengthened their commitment to each other and deepened their relationship.
For five years, Armah and Adjeley have been working as a driver and bus conductor (mate) respectively, plying their trotro business between La Tse Addo and Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
According to Armah who has been in the trotro business for about 30 years, he acquired his licence in 1989 after working as a mate for some years at the La honesty station.
When he started driving in the early 90s, he realises the income from that business was not sufficient to sustain his family and, therefore, together with his wife, decided to venture into producing local gin, commonly known as ‘Akpeteshi’.
With profits they made from the business and support from the local drivers’ union and Armah’s sisters, they purchased a Benz bus.
Mr Armah explained that he realised his mates made more money at the end of each trip as they didn’t account properly for the monies collected from passengers.
“We usually load from station to station but most of the times, people alighted before we reached the station and though the mates pick new passengers to fill the empty seats, they never accounted properly for it.
“When we finally purchased our own vehicle we decided to work together as a couple, which has been very successful as we have paid our debts and are able to fully support our family from the business,” he said.
The couple, who have been married for 15 years, told the Mirror they were optimistic that they would be able to save more money and buy a better vehicle and hopefully, start a ‘work and pay’ business for other dedicated drivers.
“We are able to cater for the education of our five children and take care of ourselves and a few other dependants through this business.
Currently we work six days in a week and rest only on Sundays so we are able to save more,” Adjetey stated.