Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training

Oct 1, 2014

Training Graduates Open New Business Bank Accounts

Thank YOU for your generous support. Because of YOU recent graduates of our project, Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training, have taken the first step toward starting small businesses.

Our partner, New Life Project Inc. helps empower young women by establishing them in their own business after the completion of the vocational training program. It gives us great joy to notify our sponsors that we opened bank accounts for our ladies to help them establish their own business. This is a stepping stone to accomplishing economic independence which will equally boast their self-esteem.

Our ladies are grateful for all the support they have received and the difference it is making in their lives. Having an account in their name for the first time is quite a big step to success. It has motivated them to pursue their dreams, develop their lives and equally support their family and society.

From heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for the generous support we’ve received.

Jul 7, 2014

Basic Training - Tie & Die and Business Management


The Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training Project is very grateful for the support received from our donors. The Project is presently reaching out to economically disadvantage young women in Azope, a town located south of Ivory Coast. Twenty-five (25) ladies received basic training in Tie & Dye as well as Business Management to assist them with managing their own business after training. Most of these ladies are school drop-outs, who as a result of poverty have not been able to further their education.

Our presence in Azope has really been a blessing to the community especially to parents who have been looking for ways to assist their children acquire education. The training sparked new hope in them and motivated a desire to pursue their dreams.

As a result of their interests to further their education, we have selected fifteen (15) ladies who will receive further training in Tie & Die including creative ideas for home decorations. Starting in June 2014, the training is scheduled for a period of one year, with the goal of establishing them in their own business.

In collaboration with other organizations specialized in health counseling and HIV/AIDS, several health awareness campaigns were organized to educate the community especially young ladies on the danger of unprotected sex with emphasis on abstinence. Most ladies had the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

The donations created the opportunity for us to touch their lives and make a difference in this impoverished town. We thank our sponsors for their generous support.

Counselling Sessions
Counselling Sessions
Tie and Dye Practical
Tie and Dye Practical
Jun 12, 2012

Project Suspended Temporarily

Dear Friends

Thanks so much for your support over the past months.  The funds you donated have been used to help provide training and empower the lives of disadvantaged women.  All previous funding has been used to further this project and we are happy about what we were able to accomplish together.  Thanks so much for your support!

Due to a break down in commmunication, we have decided to temporarily pause this project.  When we have this sorted out, we hope to resume this project and look forward to continuing in the future.  Should you be interested in supporting another worthy, related project - please visit and donate towards our other GlobalGiving project  - providing vital vocational training

Thanks again and best wishes

Aug 1, 2011

The Importance of Technical and Vocational Training - Particularly Now After The War

The Ivory Coast as you may know has been through a turbulent political period.  After elections last year, a violent four-month power struggle and war ensued that displaced an estimated one million people. Businesses and life as normal were disrupted and overturned.  Banks, shops, money wiring establishments were all closed.  Thankfully, the situation is now under control and the UN is appealing for rapid restoration of order (see link to article). 

We are grateful to God for sparing the lives of our ladies during this recent war.  Some of the ladies in the group travelled to safer zones with the help of their embassies and government officials.  Our director was robbed of her cell phone. Unfortunately the businesses of the beneficiaries were also affected when the rebels entered the city. 

It was impossible to receive supplies of goods from wholesalers - due to imposed embargo and road blocks from agricultural provinces where rebels were in charge.  There was constant threat against certain foreign nationals and citizens, which made it unsafe in their market places. Some of our ladies were also constantly harassed while selling their goods.  Some of their debtors fled the country without settling their bills. Since the end of the crisis, three of the ladies are struggling to get their businesses back on their feet because of the scarcity of people in our area.  Others are faced with limited finances and goods to pick up from where they left off.

The outreach teams have made two visits to our recruitment sites to check on the welfare of our ladies and start the selection process for potential participants for our upcoming training project in September 2011.  Eighteen of these ladies are still in the area and they are living under difficult conditions.   We have assessed the situation and 12 of these ladies are willing to participate in our September education program, while others long to travel out of Ivory Coast in search of greener pastures.

In these tough times, as people work towards restoring their lives and businesses, the importance of the training and support that we together help to provide cannot be overemphasized. In my reading and research, an article on technical and vocational training caught my attention:

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has emerged as one of the most effective human resource development strategies that African countries need to embrace in order to train and modernize their technical workforce for rapid industrialization and national development.

TVET will play continue to play an important and increasing role - particularly now as the country tries to get back on its feet. 

We are definitely on the right track and welcome your support as we help these ladies get back on their feet. Thanks for your support!


Apr 7, 2011

We are Making a Mark That Cannot Be Erased...

Exhibition day
Exhibition day

Choice greetings:

We are happy to report that your financial support and the support of other donors, has made a tremendous mark in our vision to train and establish our ladies.  Thankfully, the ladies are all safe - despite current political instability...

A total of 10 ladies who have completed their training were anxiously waiting for the realization of their dreams, that is, to establish their own businesses and continue their education in higher institution. With the available funding we opened 5 bank accounts. Three ladies have received their funding and are presently in full business preparation. Two ladies were registered on the 8th February into a nursing assistant course in a renowned institution. We finally established our shop as an outlet for our catering class. One of ladies is employed as our sales clerk. This new development has sparked life and hope in others out there and more ladies are coming in for assistance. Together we are truly making a mark that cannot be erased!

Help us provide more training by signing up for recurring donations: We would like to encourage you to consider supporting this project monthly.  When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make this training and support available to many more ladies.  By signing up for recurring donations you would help us do so much more. Thanks for your on-going support!

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

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Sylvester Renner

Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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