Education in Ghana, especially university, is still a luxury for many. This leaves a lot of women without the skills that will give them a fair chance in the job market. They either end up selling food or drinks on the streets or find a low-paid job in the market or in a shop. Many of these jobs pay less than two Euros a day.
Some women get the chance to learn a skill like sewing or hairdressing. However, these trades cannot be learned in a school environment, but through apprenticeship. This means that, a woman who wants to learn to sew, pays a fee between 25 to 150 Euros to a master seamstress. From that moment she will work for the seamstress for free and in return the master will teach her the trade. This can take up to three years, depending on how eager the student is to learn and how willing the seamstress is to teach.