Speaking to the Daily observer at his production site in Ganta, Pastor Gaye said: “If we can get more customers for our products we will be able produce more and at the same time employ some interested youth to work.”
Pastor Gaye, who not only focuses on preaching the gospel, said they’re finding it difficult to sell products because they do not have enough money to invest in the business.
“If we could get the support we need, we will produce these items monthly but because we do not have the support, the little income we get from sales, we use the money to sustain the business,” he said.
“Although, we are getting customers but they are not the types of customers we need. We need customers that will encourage us to produce more of these instruments monthly,” he added.
Some of the instruments produced at the production center in Ganta include, sangba, Kongar, sasa, kenel, talking drum and also repair base drum by replacing the skin.
“We produce sangba, kongar, base drum, kenel, talking drum and also do repair of jar drum as well as sasa,” Pastor Gaye said.
“Some of the difficulties we have include getting raw materials such as the ram skins and wood to construct the instruments,” he asserted.
In May this year, the Daily Observer visited the crafts center at the Ganta Rehabilitation Center where most of the wooden crafts are produced.
Most of crafters, many of whom were disabled, complained of finding it very difficult to get their products on the market.
Pastor Gaye’s workshop was full with drums of all types. Some of them were ready for use, while he was still making others.
“If we get could investors or person who will be interested in purchasing at least about 100 instruments or more, then we will be challenged and encouraged to work harder, but sometime when people buy one instrument today it will take a week or more before another one is purchased,” he concluded.