The Keep A Girl Alive project enables young uneducated and unemployed girls, often mothers and sometimes HIV infected, to become economically self-reliant through the creation of small businesses.They become empowered, protect themselves from unwanted sex and provide for their families.More than 50 women have received trainings and start-up capital since "KGA" started on 2012 and have another 50 possible future beneficiaries identified and ready to receive assistance when funding comes.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
HIV/AIDS is wearing a female face in Buea. Minority groups (such as school drop outs, single mothers, young widows or orphans) are most at risk. High economic dependence on men force many to engage in risky sexual behaviour. This is seen in marriages to older men and in the relationships many have with men commonly known as "sugar daddies". Other factors leading to female vulnerability include the high cost of bride price, the difficulties for wife inheritance and lack of access to education.
How will this project solve this problem?
Young women in minority groups will be empowered through training. We coach on starting, planning and managing a small business as well as on income generating activities. The program also raises awareness of health issues, especially HIV/AIDS education. After the trainings the girls are able start their own businesses and get support through start-up capital. After that, continuous check-up and periodic capital pushes ensure that they make it out of poverty and become fully empowered.
Potential Long Term Impact
Through start-up capital, a combination of grants and interest-free loans, girls are able to set up their small businesses. Loan repayments are be reinvested in further training.On the long run the income generated will largely surpass the income donated, and will benefit the women, their children and the whole area. Beneficiaries also act as role models to their peers and communities. We know it works. We have some success stories already, you can check our reports to see a few of them.
Total Funding Received to Date: $16,102
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $8,898
Total Funding Goal: $25,000