- A Ghanian businesswoman named Esther Afua Ocloo earned the honors of a Google Doodle on Tuesday to celebrate what would have been her 98th birthday.
- Ocloo was a pioneer in the field of microlending, which are small loans issued by people instead of banks.
- Such loans have become the bread-and-butter of working-class business owners in many African countries who want to avoid the traps of turning to big banks, which too often ignore poor black women.
- Ocloo knew those traps well. Known endearingly as “Auntie Ocloo,” she began building her own marmalade business in the 1930s, according to Time.
- She spent the next 40 years learning how to start and run a business, and was later invited to the first United Nations Conference on Women in 1975. Read more (4/18/17)