If truck driving is exclusively a man’s thing, then a successful change of this status quo might as well be underway.
Enter Ghana and meet Payin Marfo, Ladybird Logistics Limited Managing Director. With nothing but a decade worth of experience as a project manager, Payin leads the charge at Ladybird Logistics.
It all started when Payin’s friend introduced her to Zen Petroleum Limited CEO Mr William Tewiah and Koduah Sarpong, both of whom conceived the idea of starting an entirely female-run logistics company.
An idea both weird and unprecedented, Payin found it interesting enough to accept the challenge. “I knew next to nothing about trucks or the logistics industry but I believe in empowering women to venture into male-dominated industries. Ghana has no female truck drivers and everyone considers trucking to be a male profession too difficult for women,” Payin said. But “Why can’t we change this and would change be a good thing? I thought to myself and dived in deep.”
And it has been a successful venture so far. Following an initial lack of Ghanaian women applicants for the truck job, Payin has since managed to recruit 12 ladies, 11 of whom successfully underwent truck driving training at the Ghana Armed Forces Mechanical Training School (AFMTS).
Payin’s Word’s to Her Team
Nothing the brave dive into men’s territory, “Always remember you are making and have made history! You have a responsibility not to disappoint all who believed in you as well as the future generation of female truck drivers, looking up to you to change the status quo.” Paying says.
“I can proudly say that what started as a dream is indeed a reality. I thank God and all the people who contributed in diverse ways to make this possible. The future just started and by God’s grace, we shall shape it nicely for future generations of females who love trucks, logistics, driving, challenges and the joy of delivering good quality products to clients on time and with a smile. The Ladybird team is here and it is here to stay for good!” she added.