Mabruka, a CAMFED Association member and entrepreneur from Ghana, with her shea butter products
My name is Mabruka and I come from the Upper West Region of Ghana. Growing up wasn’t easy. I lost my dad when I was in junior high school. He was the main breadwinner of the family and my mom worked as a petty trader. She wanted the best for me, and always said that whatever it would take for her to afford my school going costs, she would do it. So I completed school successfully in 2013, and then I made it to senior high school.
Things continued to be tough for us, as my mom had five children to take care of. Then, in my first year of senior high school, I was selected for CAMFED support. They took care of my needs, paid my school fees, paid for my books, pens, even sanitary pads. As a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at CAMFED Ghana I was able to continue to tertiary level. I secured my place at the University of Ghana to read Education and Information Studies.
In this country there are so many unemployed young people, so when I started university I was already thinking of business ideas. I didn’t want to complete my studies and find myself without opportunities, and getting into entrepreneurship also meant I could pursue something I was really passionate about.
I started my groundnut processing business, called Influx Groundnuts Products, in January 2019, producing oil, chutney powder, cookies and other snacks. A friend told me about a business competition, which would be awarding promising start-ups with capital. At that stage I didn’t have a proposal, but I did my research and worked hard on my pitch. At the end, mine was one of eight successful businesses, getting recognition in the People’s Choice Award category and as the Overall Winner. With the help of this grant from Golden Palm Investments and another from the Student Representative Council of the University of Ghana, plus some personal savings, I was able to get my enterprise off the ground.