give work, not aid.
Our Impact: Mildy’s Story
Mildred Ampadu-Nyarko, or Mildy, was born in Accra, Ghana in 1984. With a mother in the low-
paying Ghana Education Service, and a father who depends on intermittent contracts for his
construction services, Mildy grew up in a happy but ﬁnancially stressed home. Upon graduation
from high school, she could not ﬁnd the funds to pay for a four-year university. As a result, Mildy
entered a three-year Polytechnic school, where she learned textile manufacturing.
As Mildy says, “There would have been no way to rise up. There are very few textile
manufacturers in Ghana, and so many graduates like me in the textile ﬁeld, that even getting a
job is hard, let alone rising to a position of inﬂuence.”
Enter Rising Data Solutions (RDS), a Samasource provider. When Mildy ﬁrst came to RDS, she
was a happy but unskilled young woman, with little experience in technology or technology-
based skills such as typing. She was hired for her positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Mildy was not the best agent to start off with -- there were others who typed faster, discerned
the English language more ﬂuidly, and had fewer errors when transcribing messages. But it was
Mildy’s attitude that separated her. Every day, she strived to improve, arriving early to work to
practice typing. Every day, she came to work with a smile on her face and a positive attitude
which was infectious, inspiring everyone on the ﬂoor to smile and enjoy their work.
After only 8 months, Mildy was given the title of Team Leader, as is now responsible for 15
“Without Samasource partner RDS, I colleagues, coaching them, motivating them, monitoring them, and creating complex reports
would be struggling. But I have which are sent up the chain to the Operations Manager, who depends on her and the other
discovered my inner power. I am Team Leader’s accuracy to measure RDS’s performance as a company.
ready for anything now!”
These days, Mildy’s future is bright. She is an example of the potential of the youth of Ghana to
rise up and rise to the occasion.