Jun 16, 2021

Progress Report for the Business Skills for Women

The Business skills for women and youths was designed to serve the unique needs of individuals at the base of the economic pyramid by enabling them to be an agent of change, igniting their entrepreneurial mindset and supporting them to start a sustainable business venture such that they will have a reliable income stream long into their future.

This training provides a skilled foundation for participants to build a sustainable business, teaching work ethics and values through role model engagement and coaching. The project encourages under-employed, self-employed, and unemployed women and youth to enhance their economic self-reliance by promoting business start-ups from the acquired skills.

The project was rolled out in August 2019 across 6 communities (2 rural and 4 peri-urban) in Nigeria. The first phase ended after an initial 6 months of training and coaching visits. Of 97 initial recruits, 75 participants graduated from this phase of the project. Another Cohort was rolled out in August 2020 across 3 communities (1 rural and 2 peri-urban) in Nigeria. The first phase ended after an initial 6 months of training and coaching visits of 70 initial recruit, 62 graduated this phase of the project.

These selected communities are among the most disadvantaged/poor in the states and economic growth has stalled over the past few years. The level of youth unemployment, hunger, and poverty in the country is exacerbated by our stuttering economy which is yet to recover from the 2016 recession caused by the global slump in oil prices and has led to increased violence, extreme terrorism, and communal clashes.

The project was delivered in 4 stages:

1. Selection: The selection stage is to Identify impoverished “necessity entrepreneurs” who can take
advantage of this unique model, and to select community living in poverty. This stage of the project was verified based on the trainer’s reports, signed commitment form, letter of acceptance by the community, attendance booklet, funds spent, and monitoring by SI4DEV Operations Manager and Lead coaches.

2. Business Training: This involves practical, hands-on, and immediate relevant content for people living in poverty. It includes 8 modules:
i. Coming out of your comfort zone
ii. Business Opportunity Identification
iii. Finding capital and starting small
iv. Record keeping and Bookkeeping
v. Market research
vi. Business planning
vii. Growing your customer base
viii. Money management
This stage was verified by trainer’s reports, post-module quizzes, Participants' testimonials, post-module evaluations, coaching visits, attendance booklet, funds spent, and monitoring by SI4DEV Operations Manager and Master Trainers.

3. Coaching visits: Trainers visited participants three times at the beginning of the training, mid of the training, and at the end of the training to have one- one interaction with them and to capture their information for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

4. Graduation: A formal graduation was held to publicly recognize graduates, and to celebrate with them. It symbolizes participants becoming skilled, empowered and confident individuals who can economically sustain themselves and their families 62 Participants graduated from the Street Business School by SI4DEV Program in cohort 2.

 

Impact Summary

98% (62 out of 63) of participants increased their income based on the data captured during the baseline coaching visit, Mid-coaching visits, and Exit coaching visits.
62 participants (99%) had a business at exit compared to 40 (64%) at baseline. participants (23%) had an income at baseline; this more than doubled to 60 (95%) at the exit visits.
Of the 15 participants who had an income at baseline, their combined total income grew by 99%.
Of 22 participants who did not have any source of income at baseline 98% (62) had started a business with an income by the end of the 6 months of training. Their average income per person grew from zero to 6000 naira per month at the end of the training.

 

Thank you.


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May 6, 2021

Cassava Processing Machine Report Update

 

Project Summary

This Project will reduce poverty in Bukpe Community, Nigeria, by providing Cassava milling machines in the Bukpe community, Kwali Area Council, Abuja. The machine will be used to process harvested cassava. The machine will increase the production and sales of Garri which will increase the income of 120 farmers in the community, promote a culture of entrepreneurship using the street business school curriculum.

Challenge

Bukpe village has the highest number of cassava farmers. However, the economic impact of their small-scale farming is limited due to restricted access to resources to further process their cassava and more than half of the community live in poverty. Farmers interviewed revealed that at least 60% of cassava is lost in garri processing and they incur high post-harvest losses despite the intensive application of labor. Women farmers peel cassava manually and drying takes place on the floor in homes.

 

Progress:

We have gotten an approval letter to go ahead with the project from the local government. The community chief has also given us a space to install a Cassava processing Machine. 

The Entrepreneurship training and Machine procurement and Installation will begin in June 2021.


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Mar 16, 2021

Report on Food Security and Agric business trainin

Status - Project has been completed, hoping to replicate it to other communities. Objective - To provide training to women that are engaged in agriculture in Ugwogo Nike community on how to convert poultry waste to biogas for cooking and production of bioslurry as an organic fertilizer for farming for the reduction of greenhouse gases emission and food security Project Outcome The Project trained 20 women on Food Security and Agric business skills training in the Ugwogo Nike community on the construction of biogas recorded a huge success. The women were happy to learn how they can utilize their agricultural waste for the generation of biogas for cooking and bioslurry to serve as organic fertilizer for farming. The trainees were highly impacted by the knowledge shared during the training program. They asked questions extensively during the training and expressed satisfaction with the novel information shared with them. A biogas plant was constructed in the practical training session to produce cooking gas and organic fertilizer for farming. The women clearly understood the processes involved in the construction of a biogas plant. They appreciated the technology, it is relevant and their ability to utilize agricultural waste(biomass) like poultry droppings, cow dung, kitchen waste, and other forms of waste to ensure food security in the community. Resources were used efficiently, as items were bought at the cheapest price with high quality. The project is sustainable The Ugwogo project is a self-sustained venture as it will generate income through the sales of the biofertilizer. Next Steps To expand the project to another community in Enugu state, Nigeria

 
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