Inspiring Businesswoman in Mauritius
Rita Teck Young is a business woman whose been in business for the past 25 years and still surviving. She employs mostly women because of the nature of the work. She owns hair and beauty salons and she also trains therapists.
According to Rita, there are a lot of talented women on Mauritius who could have gone a long way if they had more financial support. Empowering women economically means that their whole family is empowered because it is known that a woman always places her family first. All salaries or profits are injected into the household.This has a positive impact on society because children are better educated and can go for tertiary education, giving them a clear advantage over others.The home is made more comfortable and life as a result becomes more enjoyable.
Single women are able to live independently and happily while contributing towards a better society. There are so many other good reasons why economic empowerment is extremely important.
She admits that she no longer faces the same obstacles as I did 25 years ago. Mauritius has gone a long way. In the beginning she faced problems when dealing with contractors, carpenters, electricians and plumbers who would not speak to her and ask to speak to 'Sir' instead. Apparently women no nothing about plumbing or carpentry!!! Funnily they never had any problems picking up their cheques from me.
She has slowly overcome those problems by being more assertive and by making sure that she knows her subject before talking. When you know what you are talking about, this commands more respect.
Her advice to women entering the job market in Mauritius is to be confident. Confidence shows on the body language and commands respect. Know your subject so that no one gets a chance to contradict you. Be productive and efficient and know your rights.