In Ghana and most parts of the world, certain professions are often reserved for men, and women generally shy away from those professions.
Doris Deku here is breaking away from the status quo and has ventured into a profession considered for men only here in the Ghanaian society.
Doris, a Junior high school graduate who could not further her education due to financial constraints, moving from a food seller to a bag seller catapulted herself into the tiling profession despite criticism and discouragement from the men around her.
“I saw a guy laying tiles and I asked him, can a woman do this work he boldly told me no, women are not into tiling so its better I forget about it. From that stage I didn’t think of it again because he said it’s not meant for women”
She is now a CEO of her own tilling company ANSADEE VENTURES, a start up business where she has employed four other people.
She is currently training one more female to join the business.
Doris got her training to be a tiller though the help of an NGO and though she said the process was not an easy one she still persisted and came out as a professional tiller
Speaking on the YaaAsantewaa show on Radio Univers 105.7 FM, Doris, probably the only female tiller in Ghana has a word of advice for her fellow females in the country.
“…some women see themselves as, my colour, my stature I can’t fit into this work. Every work that someone is doing you are fit to do it that is only if you have the strength and you are not sick, if you see the thing called work try it, because at first I was selling and I made up my mind that no, I need to get something on my hand and then I went into tilling and then today I am here. So any opportunity that comes their way they should take it.”
Story by: Khadijatu Latiff/universnewsroom.com