Ms. Asana Mahama, founder of Daughters of Upper West, a non-governmental organization, concerned with women empowerment in the region, asserts that if one is born into poverty, it does not necessarily mean that such an individual will forever be in poverty and die being poor.
According to her, she never had things easy growing up to be the noble career woman she is today as she had to sell foodstuffs to support her mother who sold virtually everything and her father, a mechanic, who knew the essence of education tried his possible best to enroll and keep her in school.
She made this statement while speaking on Radio Waa’s morning show program, Wa Gyaa Yela on Monday, August 17, 2020 in response to why the need for undertaking such an initiative. She further stressed, “If I could come out from such a background and I have been able to attend tertiary and today, I am earning a living, I need to motivate the other person behind me that, the fact that you are born into poverty, doesn’t mean that you are poverty.”
Ms. Asana advised young females in the region to be content with what they have, desist from the love for material possessions and all forms of immoral acts particularly sexual promiscuity and rather focus on their studies and any handiwork they are engaged in.
Daughters of Upper West founded by Ms. Asana Mahama seeks to advocate and support brilliant but needed students especially their female counterparts to attain higher education in order to earn a living. The group mobilizes money and other resources from its members and other benevolent individuals or groups in supporting the girl child in school.