Sophie

Sophie – unknown age
Nabokuami na maboko ya bandeko. Nazali na papa te, pe nazali na maman te. Mais nabandi kosala epayi ya maman moko. Maman wana azalaki na mobali te. Mais abandaki kosala. Azalaki na 4 bana. Soki na tongo na ye, nakeyi kotika bana na école. Tango na kozonga, na zui mbongo, na keyi kosala wenze pe na yei kolamba. Mais abandaki kofuta ngai 50 $ alors que na zo sala misala ebele ; mais mbongo abandaki kofuta ngai ezalaki mukie. Natunaki ye nalobi: Madame, na zosala misala ebele mais mbongo ozofuta ngai ezali mukie, pardon bakisela ngai. Aboyi Abandi koloba na gai ete ngai moko na salaka bafutaka ngai combien ? Soki olingi kende na yo. Ti ngai ngai na ye kolongua.

Orphan from father and mother I was raised by my brothers. I was a domestic worker for a mama. She was single, with 4 kids. She was employed. I was in charge of dropping off  the kids at school. Back from school I did the shopping at the market and prepared meals. But I also did many other things. For all these things she payed me a ridiculous salary of 50$ per month. I told her: “Dear Madam, I work a lot, can you increase my salary?”. She refused by saying “I’m also an employee and how much do I get payed? If you want you can just leave”. That’s how I ended up quitting.