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It’s Easier to be an Entrepreneur as a Woman in Ghana than in any Other Country

Miishe Addy is the co-founder and CEO of Jetstream Africa, a technology-enabled logistics company focusing on cross-border trade. Ghanaian by heritage and American by birth, she grew up in Texas and earned a philosophy degree from Harvard. But she always felt a pull to do something more innovative and impactful. After moving to Ghana in 2017, an opportunity to innovate presented itself in an unexpected way. So, she followed her intuition and dove head-first into the male-dominated shipping logistics industry — launching Jetstream in a country where women-run businesses are not only common, they are celebrated. Globally, Ghana consistently ranks near the top for the number of women-owned businesses. A 2020 report found that 36.5% of all businesses in the country are owned by women — the third-highest ranking out of the 58 world economies included the study and higher than countries such as the US, Spain and Australia.