The Women In Painting dream that started from humble beginnings in 2018 has flourished into a bigger brand housing about 30 women. The platform has not only trained and equipped women with creative skills such as painting, wallpaper installation and interior designs but has offered them freedom to dream.
Let’s get up-close with the young women to find out their motivation for pursuing painting.
Ruby Adom Nazzar (Teshie-Nungua Estates, Accra)
I’m currently self-employed and pursuing further studies as well.
Painting is a male-dominated area of specialty and for me to be privileged to acquire a skill in that makes it worthwhile. As a versatile individual, I’m glad to be knowledgeable in another field that can fetch me some earnings aside my usual occupation.
Painting has impacted my life and that of my family such that it’s fun and I have the support and encouragement to excel if I decide to make a full-time job.
Regrets; no way! I’m excited to learn more and explore. I’m a woman painter.
Mannah Makafui Dunamis (Accra)
As a professional photographer and videographer, it’s no coincidence that I developed the passion for painting. The acquisition of the painting skill has broadened my knowledge about arts and other concepts that play a vital role in my trade as a photographer. It’s been a great journey so far.
Evelyn Brookman (Dansoman, Accra)
The specialty of the job is how a group of young and dedicated ladies come together to give a unique touch to any building. You see the love for the work more than the reward thereof (money). As a full-time Assistant Registrar, painting has given me a sense of creativity and a second job, which means additional income. Even my kids are also loving it and eager to learn.
Juliet Osafo/Abena June (Danfa, Accra)
I love to draw cartoons, sometimes design, and wanted someone to help me to do that on walls. That is how I went into painting.
Since I started painting, it has sustained me a lot. The little I earn from the painting is what I use for my upkeep. Also, it has helped me meet people and know a lot of places
Nana Akua Amoah Boateng (Kumasi)
Learning how to paint has always been a dream until I came across with the Women in Painting Project. I’m a teacher/National Service person and due to COVID-19 pandemic, I’m home; joining this painting project has helped me get busy. It has given me another source of income and has built my confidence a lot.
Priscilla Ofosua Ankrah (Ashongman Estate, Accra)
I am work with Adom Business Center and paint as well. The painting profession has given me an additional skill that is an additional source of income. It has shaped me into the independent lady that I am today. I have no regrets as a female painter.
Hannah Acquah (Amasaman)
I am a female painter and a distance-education student doing basic education with University of Education, Winneba. Painting has changed my life a lot and made me a realize I can do everything I set out to achieve. My family is proud of me and those around me want to learn from me.
The decision to take this step has been the best decision ever taken; I have no regrets and don’t think I ever will.
Louisa Alali Orafiri
I school at Ghana Institute of languages where I study Chinese. Painting to me is unique, and very special. I simply love what I do.
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Ayishatu Yussif (Ashaiman)
Learning to paint has been something I’ve always loved to do. My family is awesomely glad about my choice to paint and interestingly I am able to help them in my own small way.
Eva Nyambilla (Kumasi)
I am a midwife by profession. Acquiring the skill in painting is something I had always wanted to do. Getting the chance is so special to me It has helped me gain an additional skill.
Benedicta Naa Odarkor Ablateye (Kumasi)
I am a social worker originally; learning to paint is something I had longed for; especially playing with brushes. Painting has helped me become more creative in my own way and my family has been supportive every step of the way.
Hannah Frimpong (Atasemanso)
I have not seen anyone training people for free and I want to say a big thank you to the WIP team for this opportunity. WIP has changed my life because now I know how to handle the brush to do a good painting. My mum, siblings and friends are proud seeing pictures and videos of me painting. I have never regret of joining this lovely job I do enjoy every moment with my boss/trainer
Afua Pokuaa (Kumasi)
As a Female Painter, this profession has given me a lot of respect and exposure; I now know more places and have met interesting people. Through painting, I am able to save, and provide for my family needs.
Rosemond Boateng (Kumasi)
Though I am a Data Entry Clerk, I enjoy painting because it takes away boredom and brings out the creativity in me. It has impacted my life financially and given me a skill in addition to my book knowledge. I get to work for my relatives at a lower fee. This my new skill makes me unique.
Henrietta Vordzorgbe (Madina-Accra)
I am a teacher by profession who takes delight in painting. Though it gives income, it’s more of a hobby. So far, it’s all joy how a group of young and hardworking ladies come together to give a soft touch to any wall with ease.
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Maame Yaa Oduro Kearteng (Abrepo Asubonteng, Kumasi)
I’m a student studying Basic Education at University of Education Kumasi campus. Painting brings me so much joy as I’m able to do my own paintings and that of others without difficulty.
Rushida Rashid (Accra)
As a nurse and entrepreneur, painting helped me explore and learn more about color, design and art.
Doris Pinamang Boakye (Kronum-kwapra)
I’m a Teacher who coincidentally loves arts . I love partaking in painting since it has helped me develop enough knowledge in arts.
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