A training facility has been built in order to empower twenty young girls, who are at risk because of being single mothers, young widows, school dropouts or HIV infected. They will become self-reliant economically through trainings on income generating activities, workshops on business planning and lessons on health issues especially HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is wearing a female face in Buea. Minority groups (such as school drop outs, single mothers, young widows, girl orphans heading households) are most at risk. Their high economic dependence leads them to get to risky sexual behaviors for example through marriages to older men or a relation to men popularly called "sugar daddies". Other factors that lead to women and girls' vulnerability are the high cost of bride price, wife inheritance and less education.
Young school drop outs, single mothers and young widows will get trainings on starting small businesses, business planning and practical income generating activities in order to reduce their insecure economic status. The program also raises awareness on health issues, especially HIV/AIDS, the importance of family planning and education. After 6 months of training the girls are able start their own businesses and get support through startup capital. They will be self-reliant economically.
It is hoped that the girls will start and run their businesses without interference from others. Through a startup capital which will be a mixture of a grant and an interest-free loan, girls ought to set up their micro projects. Loan repayments will be reinvested in further trainings. Beside that the girls also serve as role models to their peers and communities. 20 girls will profit directly and their families, especially children of single mothers, through this income.
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,501
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $866
Total Funding Goal: $9,367
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
South West Region,
South West Region