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Enterprise Stories - Sandra Aguebor (The Lady Mechanic Initiative)

Fri 18th Dec 2015

This week on Enterprise Stories, we feature a lady whose dreams materialized into making her a force to be reckoned with in a male dominated business. The story of Engr. Sandra Aguebor (Founder/CEO The Lady Mechanic Initiative) alludes to the popular saying that what a man can do, a woman can do even better. After series of repeated dreams to repair the engine of a car since she was 14, Sandra started nursing this idea. The vehement opposition by her father was changed after he visited the United States and saw women on the job supposedly for men. Soon after, Sandra set up Sandex Car Care, as a female garage owner, she attracted several customers to her workshop, and even landed a contract to manage the repairs of fifteen trucks: a fleet of a haulage company that specialized in the distribution of confectioneries to the northern and other distant parts of Nigeria. In 2004, the Lady Mechanic Initiative was founded to empower other women with the skills and enable them set up business. Today, Sandra has empowered 700 women as she celebrates 10years, employs 32 people full time and has a bag full of awards and recognition, some of them include; honour at the State House-Abuja in 2004 by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria and also president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) in 2012 honoured her with National Productivity of Merit (NPOM). She has been featured on Aljazeera and CNN – Inside Africa.


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