Esther Afua Ocloo, originally from Ghana, came from humble beginnings. Everything she had she worked endlessly for, her success, wealth and recognition.
She was part of a small group of women who did many atypical things. She pushed the limits, and she was an entrepreneur.
Hard work and dedication propelled Ocloo to do many firsts for both women and men. Ocloo was the first person to start a formal food processing business on the Gold Coast.
After many trials and tribulations, Ocloo finally reached the peak of her success. Instead of gloating in all of her glory she offered women in her community her knowledge and support to help them achieve their own goals.
“I wanted to see to it that women were equipped to help their children so they don’t suffer the same hardships. Women can contribute effectively, socially, economically and culturally,” said Ocloo.
In this article, you will find the top 25 Facts about the pioneer of microlending and Women’s World Banking, Esther Afua Ocloo.
Gone but Never Forgotten
Esther Afua Ocloo was born on April 18, 1919, in Peki Dzake, British Togoland. She came from humble beginnings knowing that getting a good education could change her life.
She started her school career at Presbyterian primary school then later studied at co-educational boarding school at Peki Blengo.
It’s no wonder that Ocloo was a hard worker, she got it honestly. Her father, George Nkulenu, was a blacksmith. Georgina, Ocloo’s mother, was a potter and a farmer.
Money was tight for Ocloo and her family growing up. She couldn’t afford to buy food from school so every weekend she would make the journey home.
Ocloo dedicated her weekends to gathering local foods and cooking meals for the upcoming week for her and her family.
Getting by with a Little Help from her Friends
Ocloo’s teachers saw something special in her. Once she got her business started they asked her to supply the school with her jams and marmalade.
She traveled to the school with her supplies at least twice a week. This helped Ocloo save enough money to help her further her education.
Ocloo’s grandmother sent her to a Presbyterian Primary School. She quickly advanced to a boarding school in Peki Blengo.
Being the excellent student she was, she won a Cadbury scholarship to a co-ed high school in Accra.