Helping other people succeed was just as important to Esther Afua Ocloo as securing her own success.

The Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer in microlending, who was born 98 years ago Tuesday, was the first person to start a formal food-processing business in west Africa's Gold Coast.

To highlight Ocloo's accomplishments, Google published a doodle Tuesday in her honor.

Ocloo made her livelihood selling marmalade and orange juice, but to expand production she needed a loan -- a challenge for women with few economic resources.

Through persistence, she was able to secure a loan, allowing her to travel to England to learn the latest techniques in food processing.

After returning to Ghana, Ocloo taught woman those newfound skills, as well as everything she had learned about starting and running a business, which she realized could improve the health and prosperity of the women and their communities alike.

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