Mama Macho: Meet the widow making cash for herself with her own mechanic shop

Mama Macho: Meet the widow making cash for herself with her own mechanic shop

- Mama Macho is a businesswoman who runs her own mechanic shop

- The resilient woman also owns a guest house and other smaller businesses in Sefwi in Bia West in the Western North region

- takes a look at the journey of how she started creating a path in a field largely dominated by men

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Mama Macho is rapidly gaining attention after shattering glass ceilings in a field that used to be considered a ‘man’s world.

The resilient widow did not only learn how to repair equipment but also employs men in her thriving business.

However, her journey to becoming owning a business was not free of painful obstacles, especially from people she once considered family.

Mama Macho ventured into her current business as an equipment repairer after her later hubby suggested that she change her hairdressing job to mechanical engineering to help the family business.

Her late husband, owner of a business that repaired faulty equipment, was a frequent traveller and he wanted someone he could trust to handle his committed clients any time he wasn’t around.

Mama Macho had to hang her own dreams to help build the family business full time after she quit her hairdressing job in 2007 after giving birth to their second child.

She became an equipment repairer, dealing in the repairs of heavy-duty equipment at her husband’s venture.

In 2013, the unexpected happened and she became a widow but her pain had not ended.

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After her husband’s demise, her in-laws took ownership of the shop which they claimed was family property.

Her pain was compounded and she nearly quit because of the dejection and frustration.

In 2014, however, she gathered momentum and with her knowledge of the work, opened her own mechanic shop.

Mama Macho admits that it hasn’t been easy.

"There were times I had to go for spare parts on a credit basis,’’ she revealed.

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She said with help from some media friends, she got her husband’s clients back and work has since been progressive.

Mama Macho has generated her own wealth through fixing of chainsaw machines, tricycles, motor boards, electric generators and other machines.

The mechanic shop isn’t her only venture. She now owns a guest house and other smaller businesses in Sefwi in Bia West in the Western North region.

Addressing the issue of unemployment in the country, she said there are lots of employment opportunities unless one doesn't want to work or do menial jobs.

‘‘I know of someone who has sold pure water and built her own house with the proceeds. So if you are in Ghana and you say there are no jobs, I won't agree with you.''

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In a related story, reported that photos of the young daring Ghanaian lady with the passion and skill, fixing cars have taken over the internet after the pictures emerged online showing her undertaking routine maintenance on a car.

The photos also show the lady very comfortable while working as a technician. Despite the dirty oiled attire and the stereotypes mechanic mostly suffer, the lady appeared to be thriving in her profession.

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