The project seeks to create sustainable green/circular jobs through entrepreneurship for women and youth within the rural and peri-urban areas in the Ashanti region of Ghana while reducing the impact of waste generation and pollution. The project runs in five phases: Baseline studies and stakeholder engagement Product development, skills training, Business Development support, Demo day and Startup support. Financial support is crucial in empowering rural women to start and grow green businesses
Ghana represents one of Mother Africa's greatest success stories blessed with enormous natural resources ranging from welcoming beaches, diverse wildlife, forestry and fertile land to precious minerals such as gold, diamonds and bauxite, to oil and natural gas reserves - which have helped fuel the country's economic boom. By contrast, poor waste management severely impedes everyday life in Ghana's urban areas. In fact, close to a quarter of the Ghanaian population is estimated to be living
Vulnerability to poverty remains a major challenge among rural households in Ghana. Households continue to depend largely on agriculture-based livelihoods, which have not resolved the problem of poverty in the rural areas, particularly for women, who because of their gender have limited access to farming resources as well as the adverse increase in the effects of climate change. Research indicates that non-farm activities serve as an opportunity for women to earn independent income outside farm
Objectives: 1. To support communities and local economies to become green and resilient 2. To collect and repurpose 10 tons of waste per year from 10 communities thereby leading to a cleaner environment 3. To enhance the socio-economic conditions of women and youth through the creation of green businesses Progress: 1. A minimum of 10 rural enterprises developed 2. A minimum of 6 early-stage green business developed
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).