Elisabeth Obubuafo, Ghana

Sep 19, 2018 | Inspiring Stories - Africa

Elisabeth is making the impossible possible. Elisabeth Obubuafo is a shining example of an empowered woman, running multiple businesses, sending her children to school and providing food for her community. It was not always this way.

Elisabeth is an agricultural farmer in eastern Ghana in a small community near Matsekope Epicenter. Born to a poor and rural family, she had no formal education past primary school. She married young and had little prospects for a good job and feeding her three children.

Today, Elizabeth has expanded her farm to 60 acres from 10.

Elisabeth sought to change her circumstances. She started working with The Hunger Project 10 years ago and has attended skills training, women’s empowerment workshops and adult literacy courses. Through these trainings, Elisabeth acquired the skills and confidence to start her own business, send her children to school and assert her rights in her home with her husband.

Through microcredit loans from The Hunger Project, she was able to grow her farming business to 50 acres of land from 10. Elisabeth now hires people to work at her land and also has other businesses in fish, clothes and poultry. She is now able to send her children to school and provide a better life for them. Her husband supports her in these endeavors. In an area where women have generally been marginalized and subordinate to men, Elizabeth is a shining example of an empowered women.

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