Unemployment is a canker in Ghana judging by the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the country as against the ratio for those who are gainfully employed.
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Employment in Ghana, like it as we may or may not often favors only able-bodied Ghanaians and the disabled are more often than not sidelined even though they might possess the same qualifications as ‘abled’ people or better.
One woman is gradually changing the trend of employment in Ghana in her own small way by focusing more on employing some disabled Ghanaians for her business.
Benedicta Folivi, who is the CEO of Beneflex Car Washing Company in Tantra Hill, a suburb of Accra has taken it upon herself to provide employment opportunities for some disabled people.
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As an advocate for people with disability, Benedicta who had waited so long to land herself a corporate job decided to start her own business; a car washing bay.
Speaking in an interview with Desmond Frimpong, Ghana's representative of Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa, Benedicta indicated that she employed her first deaf employee after he was recommended to her by someone.
Benedicta went on to reveal that she was excited and satisfied with the work of Emmanueil (Her first employee) and went on ahead to ask him (Emmanuel) to recommend some of his disabled friends who were also in need of jobs. As of now, Beneflex Car Washing Company boasts of a staff strength of 10 workers.
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For a low as GHc 7, customers drive to the washing bay from faraway places just to have their cars washed. Some customers who were thrilled by the company revealed that they always picked up a sign or two from the staff whenever they visited them at the washing bay.
Benedicta revealed that among some of the challenges she faces with her staff is their inability to hear the cars when they honk. She went on to reveal that she was doing everything in her power to also see to the well-being of her staff by sending them to disability empowerment programs to pick up some few things they would need for life.
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