LIFT ALICE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
We wish you – our dear donors, a Happy New Year and we say a BIG THANK YOU to for your generous donations. You could easily have used your well-earned money for several other things, but you chose to support Alice to become self-employed as a fashion designer. Today Alice is happy and pursuing her dream of creating beautiful clothing for people. She is learning money management, attention to body shape and color; and good customer relations in the fashion business. She has learnt the importance of “making the person look good” in what she has designed for them instead of creating a good design that does not sit well on the person. This will ensure customer satisfaction and retention. We worked with her to establish realistic prices (input-output-profit considerations), for customers and made “fitting sessions” mandatory.
“Save Alice From Homelessness” is one of the projects under our “Support 20 Youth Incubators A Year Programme. Alice has so far produced 10 tailor-made dresses. She has now submitted designs for her own line, which will be augmented by designs by Totally Youth for production from March 2014, for sale as “ready-mades”. Currently, we are reviewing how much time she takes to design, draft, cut and construct different types of clothing. This will ensure that she gives customers accurate time slots for fitting and pick-up of tailor-made clothing. This will also help her plan in a practical way, her “wholesale” project to produce monthly batches of clothing for distribution and sale.We have made a signboard to attract customers and we have given her complimentary cards to distribute and promote her start-up.
Your donation of US$260 augmented our investments in Alice’s incubation. We provide her with funds for the purchase of requisite fabrics, lining and accessories on regular basis. She also receives an allowance for her return fare to TY on demand. Alice has access to a mobile phone and the ICT Centre for research, marketing and learning. She is learning money management, marketing and the development and use of management tools. She receives regular mentoring and feedback on the garments she makes to ensure quality and timeliness. Alice has not made any profits yet and therefore still has no money to rent her own accommodation. She is currently perching with friends since all the rooms at TY are occupied by other needy participants. We are continuing the search for affordable and safe lodgings for her.
Alice is a very good designer and we will be very grateful if our donors will consider patronizing her fashion lines and/or recommend them to family, friends and acquaintances. Please donate to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators to continue supporting Alice and other unemployed youth into self-employment.
All donations of US$250 and above will receive a tailor-made outfit from the TY fashion line on submission of dress size. THANK YOU.
SUPPORT-20-YOUTH-INCUBATORS A-YEAR Now In Operation
We sincerely thank our donors who were able to support our ongoing projects as well as our Flagship Programme – Support-20-Youth-Incubators-A-Year. With your support, we have been able to start the programme with three incubators – Urica – catering; Alice – fashion design; eFive – road transport. We appreciate your prompt action and generosity and trust that more donors will follow in your footsteps to help make our programmes self-sustaining. We aim to be self-sustaining in three years.
URICA – OUR CATERING INCUBATOR
Urica has started incubating towards her own restaurant business in the near future. With targeted advertisements and regular mentoring, she is already generating income through returning and new customers. She is so determined that we believe that she will be able to break even very soon. When this happens, she will start making profit which will enable her buy relevant items for her own restaurant. The TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolvinging Fund will then be ready for transfer to the next catering incubator. We can achieve this through your continuing support.
Under the Catering Incubation, TY provides cooking utensils, crockery, gas cooker with cylinder, etc, for food preparation; consumables for cooking and garnishing the food; and serving plates, cutlery, drinking glasses, napkins, trays, tables, chairs, etc, for serving food to customers. We are proud of Urica’s commitment and determination to succeed and we are providing her with all the relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She will be recruiting her three staffers at the beginning of next month. TY is making every effort to purchase a deep freezer, fridge and generator, to facilitate productivity at the Catering Center and your support will be appreciated. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.
ALICE – OUR FASHION INCUBATOR
Alice has started her incubation as a fashion designer under our Support-20-Incubators-A-Year project. She has already designed and constructed her first three garments at our Fashion Center. At the Center, she has at her disposal, two sewing machines, one trimming machine, one hanging clothes rack, two movable clothes rack, several clothes hangers, mirror, dressing room, etc to facilitate her work. She also get a supply of fabric and accessories for the construction of the garments. Alice is a disciplined and great designer and we are very happy with her dedication and professionalism. She has started generating income and we are looking forward to her breaking even in the near future. She is receiving relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She is now trying to expand her customer base through targeted advertisements and show-and-tells. We believe that she will also start making profit in the near future, so that the TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolving Fund can be transferred to the next fashion incubator. We are currently raising funds to purchase an industrial sewing machine and display cabinets to improve productivity and sales. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.
eFIVE – OUR AD HOC INCUBATOR
Kweku, Courage, Louis, Larry and TY are working hard to make the eJet Road Transport Company a reality. The four young graduates are working hard on fresh financial proposals to facility the acquisition of a 30% loan facility of US$4,000,000.00, which will provide the required basis for a bank loan of US$12,500,000.00 loan to procure buses and build the required regional terminals. As indicated earlier, this project will employ a total of 2,845 young people when implemented. TY is therefore making all efforts to ensure due diligence and feasibility of the project. The four graduates have a 25 years combined experience in the road transport business, marketing and construction through the full- and part-time work they had to undertake to help pay for their education. Their modern terminals will have facilities including a health clinic, goods forwarding and insurance, food court, restrooms, transit accommodation and shopping malls, to address the multi-facetted needs of travelers. Due to the high volume of road travelers in Ghana, this venture can pay back the loans within one to three years. The four went through two years of surveys and feasibility studies to develop their business plan. They came on board Totally Youth during the second and we have been mentoring them and building their capacity to date. They have all now graduated and we are confident that with timely financial intervention by donors like your good self, we can make the eJet Road Transport System a reality.
Totally Youth provides eFive with free access to its shared Office and Knowledge Space, laptops, Wi-Fi Internet, stationary as well as capacity building, mentoring and counseling. We also provide occasional allowances based on availability of funds. We are making relevant efforts to find donors, sponsors, angels, equity investors and/or bank loans to help make the project a reality. With your usual kind support, we can together ensure that this opportunity to employ 2,845 unemployed graduates will not end up as a “pipe” dream. I trust that you will continue to support us to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana by making donations to our Flagship porgramme at www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators .
TOTALLY YOUTH ALUMNI
Please join us in saying congratulations, goodbye and farewell to Tina, Akweley and Nakki, our two Career Interns and Event Management incubator, respectively.
With her new job and acceptance to the Ghana Women Leadership programme, Tina is earning a good salary and has now developed her personal project for the Leadership programme. We will be hosting her project at TY which will help female students of tertiary institutions develop leadership skills and prepare them for decision-making positions while in school and after graduation. Tina and the students under her project will all receive capacity building and mentoring at TY. Tina will receive leadership training both in Ghana and the US under the Leadership programme organized by NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Akweley is now working full time with a financial institution in the town of Tema. We continue to support her through telephone mentoring and counseling. The feedback so far is that she is doing well.
Nakki is gone to university to strengthen his qualifications for business. TY provided regular and relevant counseling to him through the entire process; paid a portion of the requisite fees and dropped him off on campus. We believe that with the capacity building and mentoring he received at TY, he will be successful in his tertiary education and become a conscientious entrepreneur with a great future. We continue to counsel him through telephone and when he visits. He still has access to free accommodation at TY. Even though we were not able to raise enough money or sponsorship to telecast his TV Reality Show, which he developed during his incubation, the lessons learnt has made him very matured and the show – FAME, remains a viable project which is still being pursued.
NGO SUPPORT: We have been approached by several Youth-run NGOs for assistance. They include NGOs grooming and protecting young female models and artistes from sexual harassment, during talent discovery processes and supporting young chefs into jobs or self-employment. We are therefore in the process of developing a special incubation programme for Youth NGOs to facilitate their work – Youth-Supporting-Youth. We will keep you updated on our progress in this new area.
Dear donors, with unemployment rising globally, your support is very valuable to us. We will appreciate it very much, if you could also have time to advise us in new and better ways to help the hundreds of thousands unemployed youth in Ghana.
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE.
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