Feb 22, 2021

Progress Report on the Business skills

The Business Skills training 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, ignite their entrepreneurial mindset, start a sustainable business venture such that they will have a reliable income stream long into their future.

The Project so far has reached 9 communities in Nigeria and has trained 157 women and youths.

1 community in Bayelsa

3 Communities in Abuja

1 community in Lagos

4 Communities in Kano

The selected communities are among the most disadvantaged/poor in the states and as 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 selected women and youths were involved in 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

Based on the project evaluation, it finds that most activities were completed within a reasonable margin. During the SBS program, many students started or expanded their business using meager savings or borrowing from friends, family, or micro-finance cooperatives/banks.

An analysis of project narrative and post-module quizzes completed by the participants shows that a high proportion of capacity-building targets were reached under this objective.100% of all planned activities were delivered as designed and graduates acknowledged a change for improvement in their business skills and behavior.

A Participant story:

“Before the training, I had no business, during the business opportunity identification, I came up with seeing of women wears and marketing business” Veronica

.Veronica had previously attended a vocational skills class but lacked the confidence to translate her new garment-making skills into a viable business.

Jan 6, 2021

Progress Report on Cassava milling Machine

Bukpe village has the highest number of cassava farmers in the Federal Capital Territory FCT). 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 postharvest losses despite the intensive application of labor. The farming women in the Bukpe community are more negatively affected, health and timewise, by post-harvest handling of cassava – peeling, drying, grating, washing, and frying.

 

The Project is designed to reduce poverty in Bukpe Community. It will promote a culture of entrepreneurship and increase the income of 50 cassava farmers, create employment for 2 youth, and thereby generally increase sales of processed cassava. 30 female and 20 male farmers will be direct beneficiaries as well as 120 indirect beneficiaries.

 A chief in the community has accepted to donate land for and access to farmers interested in the project.

The next stage is the Entrepreneurship training, then the installation of the Cassava milling machine. 

Dec 1, 2020

Cancer Awareness & Screening Progress Report

The Cancer Awareness and Screening project, just Kickstarted, it was delayed due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic, and the risk involved in gathering 200 women.

 

Project Relevance:

Breast and cervical cancers are the most common type of cancers among women. At this time, most cancer patients in Nigeria are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease, which reduces their chances of survival. In rural and low-income areas, socio-economic limitations and illiteracy have led to several misconceptions about these cancers. These have precipitated a vicious cycle of preventable/premature deaths and hopelessness from women and young girls and they find it so impossible to overcome.

Progress Update:

200 young ladies and women from five schools and three churches in Akwa Anambra State were selected.

The project will commence the Cancer awareness and sensitization workshop by January.

 

Challenge:

COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting the project, we will mitigate this by sensitizing and screening the women in batches.

Thank you

 
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