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Emma Myers outside the batik workshop she owns with Elizabeth Ampiah.
Elizabeth Ampiah & Emma Myers, Batiker
Batiking & Sewing Center (Cape Coast)
Emma and Elizabeth met as employees on an assembly line in a factory 23 years ago and became instant friends. They decided to enroll together in school to learn batiking, and upon graduation opened their business, "Eli-Emma Batik & Tye-Dye." Soon after, batiking in Ghana became a highly competitive industry with few small-scale batikers surviving. Eli and Emma struggled to maintain their business as larger customers, such as schools and churches, delayed their payment for months. Elizabeth is married with two daughters and two sons. She dreams of finishing the house her family is currently building outside of Cape Coast. Emma is married with five children; three of her own and two from her brother and her brother in-law, respectively. She hopes to be able to afford a car in the next five years. They continue to work relentlessly to make their business succeed, as they both love the independence of running their own business and the creativity of the craft.
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