Marta's story


In the market next to the Accra Breweries factory in Ghana, Marta Luttgrodt sells beer in her shop.  She works over 12 hours every day to support two children.

"Business is difficult. People don’t have money to buy things."

Even so, she always pays her business taxes and was shocked to hear that the company dodges theirs:

"I don’t believe it. We small businesses are suffering from the authorities. If we don’t pay, they come [to lock our stalls]with a padlock."

In the last two years Marta has paid more income tax than the giant multinational next door has paid in Ghana.

Ghana has made huge strides in tackling poverty.  Since 1990, the proportion of people going hungry has fallen by 75% and they’ve had five consecutive free and fair elections.  

But there’s still a long way to go. Women there are 70 times more likely to die in childbirth than in Britain and one third of the country’s population is infected with malaria each year.

Tax dodging by companies like SABMiller in Ghana isn’t just unfair on individuals like Marta.  It’s holding the whole country back