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.
Back in her teenage years when the young Ocloo had the idea of her first business, her high school classmates didn’t respond well.
They ridiculed her and taunted her by comparing her to a street vendor with no education. Even though none of Ocloo’s peers stood behind her, her teachers saw the greatness she was about to become.
Passion and Dedication
Ocloo was known for being a bright young woman. Her passion and dedication towards her studies helped her excel at everything that she tried.
Ocloo won a scholarship to Achimota School where she studied for five years and earned the Cambridge School Certificate.
Less Than A Dollar
As a teenager, Ocloo started her very first business with only 10 Ghanian shillings. With less than 1 American dollar in the 1930s, she bought some sugar, oranges, firewood, and a few glass jars.
Ocloo’s marmalade went for a shilling a jar, which made her a 2 schilling profit. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to get her in the right direction!
Acknowledged for her Success
Achimota College saw all the hard work it took Nkulenu to establish Ocloo’s juice and marmalade business. They understood the potential the young talented women had to offer.
Thankfully, they sponsored her in getting her diploma from the Good Housekeeping Institute in London. Ocloo was honored by the prospect and was excited to further her education.
Never Stop Learning
Ocloo made her way to London in 1949 to further her education career at the Good Housekeeping Institute. A few years later she graduated with a diploma.
Deep down, she knew that her studies wouldn’t stop there. She decided to take a Food Preservation Course at Long Ashton Research Station, Department of Horticulture southwest of London at Bristol University.