So I was in a typical Friday morning traffic, it was sunny and I couldn’t wait to get out of it into my cozy classroom. All of a sudden,
Lady: Already prepared breakfast
Me (about to say ‘no thanks’ but then look at her and I’m like ‘wait a minute’) What did you say?
Lady (well dressed with a smile, she raised a nicely designed paper bag): Already prepared breakfast.
Me: What do have in there?
Lady (speaking with impeccable English): Oats…. (honestly I couldn’t even focus on what she said because I was in awe)
Me (wide-eyed like my son who has just seen chocolate): So is this your own business?
Lady: Yes please
Me: Oh my God! Please can I interview you? I’m Ama Duncan, I interview women like you (reaching for my business card as I pitched for an interview before the traffic moved)
Lady (she blushed but her African skin won’t permit me to see it! Lol): Yes please
Me: Please what’s your name?
Lady (all smiles): Christy
Me: Please can I take a picture of you? (She poses with her pack). I admire women like you. Please let me take your number, I’ll call to schedule an interview. Please check out my Facebook page when you can.
Christy: I admire you too.
As I drove off, I thought to myself ‘who says there are no jobs?!’. I tell you, I get at least one call a week from people asking me to help them find jobs and I always encourage them not to just sit and wait. Some make the effort which I applaud, others don’t and I can’t blame them. And it’s sad that some of us are wired to think that we need thousands of cedis to start our own small businesses. We don’t.
For instance, what would you do if you were jobless and had just 30 cedis in your pocket. This is what I would do: I would walk to the market, buy the freshest tomatoes, package them in a clean 24th (black polythene) bag, find a clean box to put them in and walk to the first office I can find. I would walk from office to office till I find busy career women who have no time to go look for fresh tomatoes and sell them for at least 40 cedis in total. And believe me when I say I will do this with a typical Ama Duncan swag lol. Trust me I have been a busy career woman before – we never have enough time to find what we really want and most of us will be grateful for such a service.
How about this; a day before my encounter with Christy I interviewed Selina, another fabulous woman who started her laundry business by washing people’s clothes for fees as low as 40 pesewas per shirt. Today her business is doing so well, and we will be celebrating her on The Fabulous Woman Network soon.
The fact is, there are actually opportunities to make good legitimate money if only we would start thinking outside the traditional-education oriented-cum-societal-expectation box we are forced into. May God help us!
Dear Christy Baffour-Awuah, women like you inspire me so much when you make things happen in your own small way. I don’t know your story but for a beautiful well-dressed woman with a smile to stand in traffic on a sunny morning selling ‘Already Prepared Breakfast’, well that in my books makes you The Fabulous Woman! I simply cannot wait to interview you for The Fabulous Woman Network.
God bless you and all fabulous women making their dreams reality in spite of their past mistakes, challenges and fears.