Meet the Physically Challenged Shoemaker Who Runs His Own Business

Meet the Physically Challenged Shoemaker Who Runs His Own Business

- Joseph Mensah is the founder of Joe Mens and the Hope for Disabled Foundation

- Joe Mens is a footwear brand that produces quality leather shoes and sandals

- Despite living with a disability, he has defeated rounds of odds and is running a successful shoemaking venture

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Ghanaian entrepreneur and designer, Joseph Mensah, is the founder of Joemens, a shoemaking company that produces quality leather footwear.

At age five, Mensah developed a disability after he was infected with measles. He was rendered disabled after receiving an injection to help with the symptoms.

Mensah had a turbulent childhood owing to the disability, which affected his education. He was made to drop out of school at class five (5) as a result.

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Meet the Physically Challenged Shoemaker Who Runs His Own Business
Joseph Mensah is a physically challenged shoemaker who runs his own business. Image:
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In later years, his parents sent him to the Accra Rehabilitation Centre where he learnt the skill of shoemaking.

Despite coming from an economically disadvantaged home, Mensah defeated the odds including rounds of challenges to start his business.

The native of Teshie in the Greater Accra Region begun his shoemaking business on a table as a cobbler by the roadside.

In 1996, Mensah joined a charity organisation called Hope for Life Handicap Brothers and Sisters Association, where he secured a loan to expand his business.

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In similar news, Isaac Harvey, a 26-year-old man from Ilford in East London is a renowned filmmaker despite the fact that he is living with a disability.

The young man was born with a birth defect called limb hypoplasia which affected the development of the limbs and left him with no hands and tiny legs.

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Without allowing this to hold him back, Isaac started vlogging and filming himself playing games with his feet which amazed many social media users.

His online presence grew and now, the 26-year-old is recognised as one of the best filmmakers in London as he has won awards for his hard work and exploits.


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