Kamala Harris meets with CAMFED Association entrepreneurs in Ghana
Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States of America, has met with two members of the CAMFED Association of women leaders.
Ruka Yaro De-Liman and Priscilla Akoto-Bamfo were among just six leading female entrepreneurs selected to engage with the Vice President, during her recent three-day visit to Ghana.
Vice President Harris later posted a short video—bookended by Ruka and Priscilla—in which the business experts talk about the importance of empowerment through entrepreneurship.
Ruka and Priscilla, like so many in the CAMFED Sisterhood, truly embody the ripple effect that follows when women succeed and lead.
Ruka: Empowering hundreds of women in business
Ruka is Founder and CEO of a poultry business called Jamillulah Farms, creating employment for young people, especially women. Training and seed funding from CAMFED and its partners have helped her to grow her enterprise and support more members of her community. Ruka has mentored more than 3,000 young people.
In 2014, she was recognized as a Mandela Washington Fellow for her business and community activism. Ruka traveled to The Presidential Summit in Washington, DC, where she was one of 25 people to win a $25,000 award. The money enabled her to further expand Jamilullah Farms, as well as support over 100 small businesses owned by rural women.
She joined the CAMFED Association as a Core Business Trainer in 2011 and was later elected National Chairperson of the network in Ghana, serving until 2020. Ruka holds a degree from the University of Development Studies in Ghana.
Priscilla: Supporting women as leaders in the value chain
Priscilla is the Founder and CEO of Shepherd’s Rice Mills, a women-led enterprise that engages women along the rice value chain to create fulfilling returns for them. Her rice milling and packaging company is located within the Savelugu-Nanton District of the Northern Region, where economic opportunities—particularly for women—are limited.
Priscilla employs 5 full-time workers, as well as providing opportunities for more than 150 rural women who are largely involved in parboiling activities. In 2022, she appeared on national television to talk about the challenges of navigating a male-dominated industry and the opportunities she is paying forward. Through CAMFED and its partners, Priscilla accessed an interest free loan to grow her business, as well as gaining peer-support through our Sisterhood of business game changers.
She is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumna and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana.
February 6, 2023
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