I keep women off the streets by training them to be mechanics

Sandra Aguebor

Nigeria / Lagos
Innovation : Marketed / Broadcasted
Sandra wants to put an end to the false promise of work in Europe that lures many Nigerian women into the hell of prostitution. Her tactic? She’s created a series of car repair shops in Nigeria run by women where women can train to become “Lady Mechanics”. The program proves in a striking way that the country holds the keys to its own economic prosperity. 

After 5 days of shooting with Sandra, we affectionately nicknamed her Madam 10,000 volts! It wasn’t easy keeping up with her, and she enjoyed running us around. After all, she’s the boss! Sandra oversees absolutely everything that happens around her. Her library is full of books on personal development including an Oprah Winfrey biography and tips for becoming an top entrepreneur. It’s no wonder she’s become a celebrity in her country.

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Actualités du pionnier

A First Lady at Lady Mechanic

3 March 2016
Our pioneer Sandra Aguebor was visited by Daniela Schadt, wife of the German President Joachim Gauck. It’s an opportunity to (re) discover this Nigerian NGO that rescues at-risk women by offering them employment.

10 years of Lady Mechanics

19 November 2014
Who would have thought 10 years ago that the Lady Mechanics Initiative (LMI), the brainchild of our Nigerian pioneer Sandra Aguebor, would be blowing out so many candles this week? These training garages help to reintegrate women into society, including many who have suffered the humiliation of prostitution.

The Lady Mechanics in the spotlight!

13 August 2014
This is an important step forward for gender equality in Nigeria. The business of our pioneer Sandra Aguebor, Lady Mechanic Initiative, has become one of the spearheads of the economy, thanks to the recognition of the Minister of Industry.