'I will sell bammy til I die' - Scott's Cove vendor talks about love for her job

April 24, 2018
Bammy vendors Sonia Samuels (left) and her cousin, Paula.

Sonia Samuels has been a bammy vendor most of her life. The 52-year-old said she learned the art of bammy making at home, taking lessons from her mother, who sold the product at Scott's Cove in St Elizabeth.

"At the age of 13 years old, my stepfather gave me my first 25 cassava to make my bammies. I would go to school and come to sell afterwards," Samuels recalled. "I was excited because I was making my own money. Nobody boasy like me, and I never stopped.

"This takes care of my two children. It takes care of all of our needs, and even if I go abroad, as soon as I am back, I am right here.

"This is what I love, and I will sell bammy till I die... . My dad was sick for 10 years, and this is what took care of all the medical bills until the day he died."

While it might seem to be a very competitive environment among the scores of vendors at the popular south-coast location, each vendor has a customer base that gives solid support.

"Sometimes it is busy, sometimes it slow, but it is healthy competition because most of us are related," Samuels said.

"Six days for the week, we get up at 4 a.m. to prepare the bammy, and by 7 a.m., we are ready with our fresh produce for our customers," Samuels said.

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