Abass Kwarteng, 33, completed high school in 2007 but was unable to go further as his mother, a single parent, could not marshal the needed financial resources. Due to his low level of education he could not secure himself any reliable employment. He moved from one menial job to another. He had a vision of becoming self-employed but he had limited ideas and funds.
In March 2013, Abass enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Young Adults Training Center to broaden his knowledge and skills in mushroom production. He completed his training in June and immediately acquired a parcel of land to start mushroom farming in his village. Using local materials Abass has constructed inoculation and incubation rooms, a composting floor, and a cropping house.
Currently Abass has one employee, Ahmed Mahmud who is 26 and a basic school graduate. Mahmud believes that a day spent at the center keeps him out of trouble and on a path to success.
In September 2013 SHI granted a loan of $250 to Abass for the purchase of spores, plastic bags, and other materials for the initial production.
Abass says there is a ready market for mushrooms. He plans to sell to hotels and restaurants in Kumasi and its surroundings.
Thanks for your kindness and consistent support. Your help has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.
The first class began at the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers in March with 21 trainees who received technical and hands-on training in an effort to increase income.
The trainees learned about the care and managment of poultry. The next training session will include rabbits.
Trainees are currently digging and cementing a surface for a mushroom shed. Basic training began with Robert Arthur, mushroom specialist, to develop compost for mushrooms.
Students told the staff of Self-Help they are satisfied with the performance of the instructors and are happy to be part of the training. There is a great deal of enthusiasm about the possibilities training will offer each of them for their future.
Your support of the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers have made these classes and opportunities possible. Thank you for your generosity.
Barrison is a trainee at the Self-Help International (SHI) Young Adults Training Center. He travels 16km twice weekly to the center, sometimes on foot. He shares his story …
My name is Barrison Kofi Kamo. I am 36 years and married with a child. Professionally I am a farmer and mason.
There isn’t much land in my community to expand my 5 acre cocoa farm. My services as a mason are virtually not needed in my community. The people live in mud houses that they build themselves.
For several years I have been looking for alternate livelihood. Individuals and groups, including government agencies, have made empty promises. Some even collected money from me but never delivered.
I received the news about the SHI Young Adults Training Centre with a bit of skeptism. I have visited the center three (3) times and I am convinced that my search for an alternate livelihood is over. I recommend the center to every Ghanaian, especially, the youth who are looking for non-existing jobs in the cities.
Thank you for being a part of Barrison's story. With your support of the Young Adults Training Center in Ghana young people in Ghana can find the job training they need to support their families.
In January I visited the training center, and was very impressed with its progress. Furnishings are coming in for the classroom, and the first training session begins March 1. What we need to get started is support to purchase 250 day-old broiler chicks, 250 day-old layer chicks,10 rabbits and three pens! Hope you can help as word is getting out to young adults about the training center!
The classroom holds room for 25 trainees, and already 37 applicants have registered to learn poultry and rabbit production! When meeting with several young adult men and women, it was exciting to see their enthusiasm and belief that this opportunity will increase their income so they can stay on the farm!
Self-Help is blessed to have six Ghana professionals volunteering time and talent to teach trainees about vaccinations, maintenance and proper care. The Self-Help staff has prepared power point presentations for each session that demonstrate details required of each animal, bird, or product. The visit to the center was very special, and the plan is to extend the fall training session to include mushrooms.
Thank you for your support, and we hope that you continue to recognize the importance of keeping young adults on the farm. Our project strives to achieve that!
Steady progress continues with the construction of the young adult farmers’ training center in a rural community outside of Kumasi, Ghana.
The building will provide classroom space for 25 trainees who will receive both instruction and hands on experience beginning with chicken and turkey production. Rabbit production will be introduced later in the year.
The Ghana Self-Help staff along with area agricultural professors are finishing the training curriculum, appropriate for grass roots farm men and women.
Excitement is in the air as Self-Help gets closer to initiating this new program designed to provide new skills and means to increase income beyond crop production. New options allow young families to increase income and remain on the farm. Your support will help us to furnish the classroom so that we are able to begin instruction in early 2013.
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