African Hopes: Fatou & Fatou car repair
November 09, 2016
Two senegalese women choose a job generally considered as exclusively for men and it's a success. A surprising image of a changing continent.
When we think about African women, we are used to immagine traditionally dressed mammas with a little boy on their back and a huge basket of fruits on their head.
Fatou Sylla and Fatou Camara chooses a way completely different to earn their life, as they founded their own car repair business, "Fatou Fatou Mercedes Garage", after completing a mechanics training programme.
Forced to spend their first few years moving from one temporary premises to another in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, they now have their own garage, where they work with three male employees.
They would love to employ more women, but finding any with the right qualifications and experience is hard. Dakar’s Centre for Professional and Technical Training on average graduates just one woman a year from its car repair programme.
Senegal has two other well-known female-run automotive businesses: Femme Auto, another car repair firm, and Taxi Sisters, a taxi service.