Help Over 50 Ghanaian Women Develop a Business

 
$768
$10,733
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Jun 8, 2012

2ND QUARTER REPORT - 2012

Organization: Daasgift Quality Foundation

Location: Takoradi, Ghana

Project Title: “Help Over 50 Ghanaian Women Develop Business”      

Background: In 2011, DQF sought to raise funds through the GlobalGiving Platform to acquire a permanent piece of land for one of its women groups which depend on palm kennel oil production as their livelihood and source of income for supporting their children and families. This women falls within a minority group who migrated from the northern part of Ghana. The women need a budget of US$11,500 to own a permanent land to do their work, build a storage shed and a wash house. So far US $642 has been realized through the GlobalGiving platform – remaining $10,858.

Current Situation: The situation created by the non-availability of a permanent land to do business has forced majority of small scale palm kennel oil producers at Kwesimintsim – a suburb in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis of Ghana to abandon their only source of livelihood; deepening their household vulnerability to poverty. The land on which they operated has been sold out to a private developer who is putting-up an office complex – supposedly of one of the many oil firms trooping into the twin city of Sekondi – Takoradi. The handful of squatting women who are illegally adamant in moving out of the sold land due to the unfavorable consequences continue to face growing eviction as the days goes by.

As it stands now, the women are not able to operate at maximum. Their activities are restricted daily by on-going construction works by the developer – cutting down their profit margins close to $1000 each month – a situation which has been persisting for the past one (1) year. This has presented grave threat to their livelihood and the survival of their dependents – mostly children of school going age.  With the current emerging oil industry in the Western Region of Ghana, the need for land by industry giants is growing by the day – pushing high the price of land at a rocketing pace.

“The consequences will be unbearable as we have now lost our only source of livelihood because we don’t have a permanent land to work on” – says 65yr old Fati Adam

Our deepest gratitude goes to the Team at GlobalGiving for allowing us to tell the world stories of poor and vulnerable groups – as in the case of the Kwesimintsim palm kennel oil producers through their platform. We are equally thankful to the many individuals around the globe who remain supportive to Daasgift Quality Foundation (DQF) through other means. We will forever remain grateful!

We at Daasgift Quality Foundation is of the view that the need for partnership and donor support for this 50 vulnerable minority women is urgent now than ever. All over the world, there is clear evidence of progress made through determination, innovation and partnership. Until we are able to respond fully to the needs of these women, our efforts must not rest!

DQF – June 2012


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Mar 16, 2012

PROGRESS REPORT - 1ST QUARTER, 2012

Construction Works on the land in question
Construction Works on the land in question
Background: Somewhere in 2011, DQF sought to raise funds through the GlobalGiving Platform to acquire a permanent piece of land for one of its women groups which depend on palm kennel oil production as their livelihood and source of income for supporting their children and families. This women falls within a minority group who migrated from the northern part of Ghana. The women need a budget of US$11,500 to own a permanent land to do their work. So far US$535 has been realized through the GlobalGiving platform – remaining $10,965. 
Current Situation: The Kwesimintsim Women Palm Kennel Oil Producers in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis faces growing eviction threats from owner of the present land on which they operate their business. The land owner has sold the plot to a private developer who has eventually commenced mobilization for fervent construction works on the said land.

As it stands now, the women are not able to operate at maximum. Their activities are restricted daily by on-going construction works by the developer – cutting down their profit margins close to $1000 each month – a situation which has been persisting for the past 8 months. This is a critical treat to their livelihood and survival of their dependents – mostly children of school going age.  With the current emerging oil industry in the Western Region of Ghana, the need for land by industry giants is growing by the day – pushing high the price of land at a rocketing pace.

 Fati Adam, a member of the women's group states “ The consequences will be unbearable if we lose our only source of livelihood because we don’t have a permanent land to work on”, unquote. 

This not withstanding, our deepest gratitude goes to the Team at GlobalGiving for allowing us to tell the world stories of poor and vulnerable groups – as in the case of the Kwesimintsim palm kennel oil producers through their platform. We are equally thankful to the many individuals around the globe who supports us through GlobalGiving. We will forever remain grateful!

We at Daasgift Quality Foundation is of the view that the need for partnership and donor support for this 50 vulnerable minority women is urgent now than ever. All over the world, there is clear evidence of progress made through determination, innovation and partnership. Until we are able to respond fully to the needs of these women, our efforts must not rest!

DQF – March 2012

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Dec 13, 2011

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

The site being fenced
The site being fenced

The palm kernel producers (women) at Kwesimintsim still do not have enough funds to buy the land they identified and as result the owner of the land sold it to a client who was ready with the money.  Currently, the land lord at their site is building a fence around the property and once it is complete the women will be evicted. 

Due to the development, a lot of the women have become discouraged by this and have stopped processing palm kernel oil all together and just stay in their houses.  Only a few are still working but producing at 20% capacity and this has seriously affected their income in particular and their standard of living in general.  Their children are no longer regular at school because their mothers find it difficult to afford all their school needs.

DQF is encouraging those who are no longer doing the production, due to the situation, not to stop production entirely because it could worsen their financial situations

A woman still working
A woman still working
A section of the women idle
A section of the women idle
Sep 12, 2011

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Group photograph with Mrs Gifty Asmah - CEO,  DQF
Group photograph with Mrs Gifty Asmah - CEO, DQF

The women producing Palm Kernel Oil in Kwesimintsim are still facing the eviction. As a result, the women have drastically reduced their production because they do not know when they will finally be evicted, some are confused and don't know what to do. This is also seriously affecting their finances because the more you produce the more profit you are likely to get. This phenomenon also makes covering their everyday living expenses difficult; many of the women have reported struggling to support their families and pay their children’s school fees.  

Daasgift Quality Foundation (DQF) had series of meetings with the landlord and the landlord had agreed to accomodate the women up to the end of November, 2011, after which he may not listen to any further excuses.Meanwhile, DQF is still sensitizing the women on the use of clean energy, Global warming, Malaria and reproductive health weekly.

The women were able to get 4 plots of land at Egyibri a suburb of Takoradi. The site is strategically located and will facilitate their business. However, the oil discovery in the region is another threat, thus every space in the metropolis is becoming expensive by the day due to the influx of more companies offering higher prices for the land in the region and if care is not taken, the women may eventually give up on their trade/ business and join the wagon of the already high unemployment in Ghana.

As a result, DQF is in talks with institutions, individuals and with support from Global giving to rescue our dear mothers who need a space to work but not to beg.

The women processing the palm kernel
The women processing the palm kernel
A visit by Helena Meri from CHF to the site
A visit by Helena Meri from CHF to the site
Jun 2, 2011

SAVE OUR MOTHERS

A section of the women in despair
A section of the women in despair

The women producing Palm Kernel Oil in Kwesimintsim are still facing the eviction. As a result, the women have drastically reduced their production because they do not know they will finally be evicted, some are confused and don't know what to do. This is also seriously affecting their finances because the more you produce the more profit you are likely to get. This phenomenon is also makes covering their everyday living expenses difficult; many of the women have reported struggling to support their families and pay their children’s school fees.  

Daasgift Quality Foundation (DQF) is also in talks with the landlord to give the women some time to be able to make alternative arrangement for production site. Also, DQF is still sensitizing the women on the use of clean energy and Global warming weekly.

The women were able to get 4 plots of land at Egyibri a suburb of Takoradi. The site is strategically located and will facility their business. Through Global Giving, we hope to raise funds for the women to allow them to buy land.  This will allow the women to continue to work in a location with environmentally friendly equipment.  The women will secure funds to build a storage shed at the new site as well as a washhouse facility.

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Gifty Asmah

Takoradi, Western Region Ghana

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