“I think we should teach people how to fish rather than giving them fish.” Bernice Dapaah
Bernice Dapaah grew up under harsh conditions in Ghana. After her mother got an accident, she had to support her siblings, in a country where things are already tough for children.But her difficult childhood has always been a strong motivation for her. She doesn’t want other girls to go through what she went through.
She is wishing for a better childhood and a better future for girls in Ghana. But she is not only wishing for it, she is first and foremost acting on it!
She is the founder and CEO of Ghana Bamboo Bikes, and therefore a social entrepreneur. Keeping in mind the multiple challenges women are facing in Ghana, she has been thinking about the kind of project she could create to bring other women on board. Bamboo is very abundant in Ghana and after some research, Bernice found out that there were bamboo bikes in the UK. With some help, she was able to implement it in her country. Ghana Bamboo Bikes was born!
Ghana Bamboo Bikes now employs 16 women who have been offered a better life. Bernice, who refuses to be called “Madame”, but prefers “Miss B.” which reflects her strong relationship with her employees, has become a real role model for these women.
But this project does not only help the women working in the shop, it also aims at helping the many girls who can hardly go to school because it is miles away. If they go to school, they are always tired or late for class because of the long walk. The bamboo bikes offer them an alternative.
What a beautiful project!
Bernice Dapaah is a strong, inspiring young woman who does a lot for women in her country. She says: “Educating a woman is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do. Because if one woman is able to do something, the impact is so great on a lot of women. […] When you empower a woman, you empower the whole nation.”