Hello my wonderful readers. Today, I am going to make a diversion from the norm and make this post a feature story on a particular woman who is doing something I consider absolutely wonderful. Well well, Let us have a look.
The woman whom I am referring to is Mrs Sandra Aguebor, the first Lady Mechanic in Nigeria. I can imagine the looks of surprise on your faces right now. Lady? Mechanic? How? Where? When? Yes! Lady Mechanic, Mechanic in the literal and figurative sense of it. The Mechanic that fixes your cars, buses and Trucks. Yes, that mechanic but this time, a woman.
According to her, becoming a Mechanic is something she always had a passion for and she achieved it through steadfastness, hard work and the grace of God. She runs a car care company called SANDEX CAR CARE, a professional auto garage that has been delivering quality and excellent car care and repair services since 1995.
Getting to become a lady mechanic wasn’t an easy journey as she didn’t immediately get encouragement from people around her. Her parents, however became supportive and this motivated her to pursue her career. Because of her interest in the empowerment of fellow women, She founded the lady mechanic Initiative in 2004. The LMI is a non profit organization that empowers girls and women with mechanical skills to enable them to become professionals in the field of automotive repairs.
The big idea in setting up LMI is for these girls and women to acquire skills,defeat poverty, create wealth and Live a better life. In the last ten years, she has trained seven hundred girls and women in different parts of the country. Among this large number are indigent girls and women, ex commercial workers, deportees, orphans, school cert holders who are unable to proceed to the higher institution e.t.c. They are taught to repair cars,to become plumbers, fix generators and also taught how to drive depending on what course they are admitted for. These Ladies are also paid salaries while learning..
The success story of the LMI has attracted both local and international attention and recognitions for the lady mechanic herself. Media houses have also had feature stories on her and her achievements. The initiative has received huge partnership and support from Individuals, government and several foundations who sponsor the training of these girls.
More individuals and bodies are further enjoined to support this noble cause which leads to the development of the country as a whole. The LMI can be contacted via the following media.
Website – www.ladymechanicinitiative.org
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org