Feb 10, 2021

Continuous Progress

Background

Through the TRUST, RESPONSIBILITY, and ACCOUNTABILITY instituted in the management, HR&S – Action10 villages program No A.3. increased the number of loan takers in the villages on the 31st October 2020. This is the result of the new fund supplied by the HR&S – Action10. After the 60 new contracts, signed on the 3rd of October 2020, new 30 women were now involved in the program for 24 weeks. Their first reimbursement started on November 05th, 2020.

This report concerns the launch of the activities of the implementation of this phase of the “Small-scale business program in Agbelouve”, Togo. Agbelouve (Prefecture of Zio) is a small town about 50 km from Lomé and it is associated to three small villages Kpotsokope, Agbodzakpo, and Foulani Kondji, which are situated within 30 km from Agbelouve. The program on the field comprised of people with small business such as sales of maize, beans and cakes, rice, yams and fruits, bags, clothes and shoes, drugs, goats, local drinks, bars, etc.

Project Update

A workshop on how to use the grants and attitudes to avoid and to reimburse all the amount was addressed to all the participants in each village on 31th of October 2020. Each loan taker was advised to manage their activities making the economy to reach sustainability in a few years (for example 2 years). The people involved in this program were happy while the smile began again with these forms of cooperatives.

 

Challenges and proposed solutions

 

  • Male candidates are expecting being integrated into the program

o    Proposed solution: Good result from the actual program can lead to their integration where more fund is needed to come up of this demand

  • A large number of candidates from the previous phase of the program are expecting a continuation.

o    Proposed solution: Make a survey about the understanding and experiences among participants in the previous phase of the program, in order to learn the lessons and further strengthen the program design.

  • New cooperatives are coming on the field to grant people. Women would like to take many engagements to get more capital.

o    Proposed solution: As our rate would be the best, people are still interested in but investigations are improved to avoid loan takers with two different loans. The need to increase the amount of the loan is raised.

 

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Oct 17, 2020

One step ahead!! ROAD MAP 2020

Background

Since Liberia experienced the 15 years prolongs civil unrest, the chances of chaos, crimes, violence and addictiveness to elicit substance remain a huge challenge for former child soldiers (FCS), women associated with fighting forces (WAFF) and other war affected youths (WAY). Today, vast number of these young men and women are caught up with the use of illicit substance, violence and crime for living.

Project Update

The programme is constructing a vocational and technical institution called the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV),  where the Target partners can find a safe environment, support and work.  Through this activity, the programme can make a larger impact which benefits both the target partners and the whole society. The BRV shall be able to host target partners for six months and give them all the necessary skills and support that they need.

As mentioned, the long term goal of the project is the empowerment of all Liberian former child soldiers. The project moves forward with laying out a road-map for the same. The project aims to be completed in three phases where phase one includes lays the foundation in terms of :

 

  1. Renovation of the building at the BRV.
  2. Placement of beds in the five rooms.
  3. Sustainable Electricity (maybe SolarCity)
  4. Cooking utensils and materials to use at the camp.
  5. Water (groundwater preparation).
  6. Preparation of farmland and agriculture activities.

 

The project aims at providing two major vocational and technical courses to the target partners in AGRICULTURE and GENERAL CONSTRUCTION in Phase 2 and 3.

The aim is that the BRV will provide the opportunity for IDEFOCS to reduce violence in the Communities; stop the re-recruitment of former child soldiers; help to work towards the goal to stop the migration of war in West Africa, and will promote peace and security.

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Oct 15, 2020

Status report of the program on the four new villages

As already mentioned in the previous report, A new phase of the village program was initiated in 2020, after a session of reflections over lessons learned, and targeted four new villages and 200 new business owners. In what follows, the new program progress will be explained in detail.

Contracts were signed on 29/02/2020 and the new program started finally on 01/03/2020 and the first reimbursement started on 12/03/2020. Thirty people (29 women and 1 man) were involved for the first six (6) months. This report concerns the evolution of the activities of the implementation of the “Small-scale business program in Agbelouve, Togo. Agbelouve is a small town about 50 km from Lomé and it is associated with three small villages Kpotsokope, Agbodzakpo, and Foulani Kondji, which are located within 30 km from Agbelouve.

Follow-up communication was arranged through cell-phone messages and calls to be sure of the implementation. The program on the field supports the people with small business such as sales of maize, beans and cakes, rice, yams and fruits, bags, clothes and shoes, drugs, goats, local drinks, bars, etc.

This program ended on 31/08/2020 and an onsite visit took place at the end of August to consider the real end and discuss with the loan takers. The people involved in this program were happy with the outcomes of the program and appreciated the support.

It is noticed that an increase in the amount of loans could significantly facilitate the small businesses reaching sustainability. Moreover, more candidates are identified and could be integrated into the next phase, thus more people could benefit from the advantages of this program having more funds available.

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