On Faces of Ghana this week, YEN.com.gh TV brings you the story of a female Ghanaian tiler.
26-year-old Doris' dreams of becoming a lawyer were shattered when she lost both parents while in Junior High School.
Every child does not only have dreams, but ambitions as well and Doris Deku in her childhood was no exception.
Her dreams of becoming an accountant and a lawyer were dashed, however, when she lost her parents while in Junior High School.
Doris worked as a food vendor until her interest to become a tiler was aroused after she met someone who was already in the business.
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According to her, the man refused to train her because of her gender but her relentlessness in becoming successful led her to a destiny helper.
"Initially, clients would give me a small portion of area to work on in order to prove to them that I'm capable of doing the work before contracts i am awarded. Most of them think I'm female hence incapable of working like my male counterparts."
"Anytime I charge for my services, most clients would beat down the price to the barest minimum with the notion that I am a lady therefore, my boyfriend should provide me with additional income. But that is honestly not the case and that's a challenge for me," she said.
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The female tiler currently has one lady undergoing training and has employed four other guys.
In the medium to long term, Doris sees herself owning the biggest construction company in Africa which would empower and train more women in construction.
Her advice to young people is that, nothing is too late in life. She believes that with determination and courage, every limit can be broken.
She is also calling on government and policy makers to empower women and youth who are involved in construction in order to harness the full potentials of the industry.
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