Mrs Aziable is a trader of the Nana Benz tradition, a group of esteemed women traders in Togo. They are renowned for achieving economic independence in the 60’s by trading Vlisco fabrics, and are still an example to others today.
Mrs Esther Aziable is a Vlisco trader from Togo, and the 4th generation of a celebrated group of women known as Nana Benz. Nana Benz are women traders who were first recognized in the 60s for their success in trading Vlisco fabrics. “This era marks the emergence of our women,” says Mrs Aziable. “I am really proud to be part of the history and future of the Nana Benz legacy in Togo.” Mrs Aziable was introduced to Vlisco by her grandmother, who was her role model. She instilled in Mrs Aziable the values of thoroughness, honesty and uprightness. Like her grandmother, Mrs Aziable wants to encourage younger generations to continue this longstanding tradition. “I am proud to work with Vlisco because the brand gives Togolese women a respectful status in the society.” Even so, Mrs Aziable is not one to sit back and rest on her position or accomplishments. She still enjoys every chance to apply her skills and values. “Vlisco enables me to show my abilities to manage a complex and constantly evolving market. I am grateful to be able to continue my grandmother’s achievements.”