Esther Afua Ocloo
Esther Afua Ocloo and WWB

Esther Afua Ocloo (born Nkulenu) was born in the Gold Coast in Ghana, on April 18th in 1919.

After graduating high school, she was given less than a dollar by her aunt, and bought sugar, oranges, and twelve jars to make and sell marmalade. She made a profit, and won contracts at her high school to supply it with jam and juice.

After securing a contract with the military, she was able to take out a loan, and start a business.

Ocloo moved to England for a couple of years to pursue a degree in cooking and food preservation. She returned to Ghana and formed a manufacturers' association. The goal was twofold: promoting locally produced goods, and helping Ghana become self-sufficient. She was also a strong advocate of women's economic empowerment.

In 1976, Ocloo co-founded the Women's World Banking (WWB), specialized in making micro-credits available to mostly women to start their own businesses.
April 18th, 1919
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Created on 2017-07-24 at 18:13 and last updated on 2018-08-20 at 05:44.