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Betty pours molten metal into dirt-covered molds to make cooking pots

Betty Ajio, 43, pours molten metal into dirt-covered molds to make cooking pots in the Kisenyi slum of Kampala, Uganda. She makes 120 to 230 pots a day as part of a sweltering, open-air production line. Preparing the molds requires a lot of shoveling, and this physically demanding work is typically done by men, but Ajio is not the only woman working here. A metal fabricator for 23 years, she was encouraged by her father to get into the business to improve her earning potential. Today, the mother of seven has four employees and makes enough money to support a nine-person household and pay school fees. She says she would not trade this work for an easier but lower-paying job, and believes other women should learn the trade. She’s right. Research from the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab shows that women who break into male dominated industries like metal working make three times what women in female dominated trades make. Ending this occupational segregation could have big pay offs not only for entrepreneurs, but for the economy as a whole. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on June 26, 2015