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Meet Rahma Attah from Ghana:
Who is Rahma and where are you from?
I’m a woman, living the most beautiful version of myself by walking in my purpose and taking one day at a time. I’m a wife and a mother of 3 gorgeous boys. I love being able to craft and being creative. I love to travel and in my head I’m a gourmet chef. I’m from Ghana.
Please share with us the inspiration behind The Art Castle.
I have loved crafts since I was a child. My sister and I would stay in our room for hours making paper dolls and crafts. When I grew up and had my kids, these activities became a part of our daily routine and I decided to open it up to everyone.
How has the journey been like establishing the The Art Castle (highs and lows)?
The journey has been amazing! The Art Castle became my full-time job when I lost my 9-5 due to covid. The beginning was a little scary, I wasn’t sure how well this was going to go and how sustainable it would be. Let’s just say, I’m so glad I took the leap of faith. We’ve grown a community and it’s so beautiful to see what comes out of it every single day.
Please share with us that one turning point in your business, career or personal life?
This would be when I got the opportunity to live my dream. I absolutely love what I do! Seeing kids being creative brings me such joy. Also, I’m able to plan my day, and have more time for my kids.
Lack of self-confidence and confidence in business is a reality? How did you manage to overcome the lack of confidence in business?
The beginning of my journey was difficult. I questioned myself on various occasions. Then there was this voice in my head that said, “you are the best at what you do!”
And now whenever ,I find myself going down that route, I stand tall and say to myself you are the best 🙂
Have you ever encountered any gender bias in business? If so, how did you deal with it?
Luckily as an entrepreneur, I haven’t had to deal with this.
According to BusinessToday (2019) “80% of women who own small/micro scale business ventures have a hard time getting credit”.
Please speak to the above in relation to The Art Castle?
The system we have in Ghana is different. A lot of businesses start and expand by word of mouth and social media. Loans from the banks are accessible once you qualify.
Why is it important for young female entrepreneurs to be empowered?
It is important because you can play a mentoring role and bring up many more females to believe in themselves. In my part of the world, it’s taken many years for females to shine, so a young female entrepreneur is a good example for others to follow.
Family, friends, work and health. How do you meet a balance and still remain sane?
I plan my day and try to follow the plan. When I drop my kids off at school, I make it a point to work out for at least twenty minutes. I try as much as possible to eat right even though I have a sweet tooth and fulfil my cravings sometimes. Family is very important to me and since I work from home, I’m able to spend more time with my family. Thanks to social networks I keep in touch with my friends regularly. I do what I can and get help when needed.
Words of wisdom to young female entrepreneurs in Africa considering entrepreneurship full time.
Be authentic. Believe in yourself, there is enough room for everyone so If you see people copying you don’t let it get you down it means you are doing something right! Lastly, build a community, help people when you can and try as much as possible to give back. It’s not going to easy but it’s definitely worth it.
How can we connect with you? (Social media handles and website)
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