Spotlight On: Bernice Dapaah
November 10, 2017
Spotlight On: Catherine Krobo-Edusei
November 8, 2017
Social entrepreneurship is service to humanity. It is recognizing a lapse in the well-being of a community or environment and taking bold, selfless steps to rectify them.
One special woman’s bid to address that gap has led to one of Ghana’s most innovative and exciting projects - the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative.
In Ghana, women still face challenges in terms of education and jobs, arguably more than their male counterparts. Statistically, there are more unemployed women in Ghana than there are men.
Bernice Dapaah graduated from Christian Service University College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration. In 2008, while pursuing her undergraduate degree, she founded the Bright Generation Community Foundation, an organization committed to “nurturing human potential through education”. Her passion and zeal as a changemaker is palpable to whomever she meets and most certainly played a role in getting her project noticed and supported by the President Clinton Global Initiative.
The sturdy frames of Dapaah’s bicycles are made of bamboo and held together by metal rings. For every bamboo plant used in the production of the bicycles, the team plants 10 more, ensuring an eco-friendly production cycle.
From the offset, one of one of Bernice’s main goals was to hire and train as many women as possible in the manufacturing and assembly of the bikes. Bernice then donates the bikes to children at local schools in Kumasi to ease their commute to and from school. ; “I always give back, because I don’t want the girls to go through what we did,” Bernice says in a mini-documentary by GAP on Ghana Bamboo Bikes.
In 2013, Bernice was awarded the 2013 UNFCCC Momentum For Change Light House Activity Award (Women For Results Category), UN Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award 2012, World Business and Development Award 2012, Samsung/Generations For Peace Impact Award 2012,GIZ Impact Business Award 2011, and UNEP SEED Initiative Award 2010 for her efforts with Bamboo Bikes.
With such an illustrious and rewarding career so far, we hope Bernice continues on the path that has seen her grow into one of Ghana’s most prolific social entrepreneurs.
Eden Tree Ghana
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