Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women

by GIRLS' POWER INITIATIVE (GPI)
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women
Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Young Women

The vocational skills training for the out-of-school girls took different forms in year 2020. 

The training provided opportunity for the beneficiaries to learn diverse skills that are marketable and can be used as a source of livelihood. 

The different skills ranged from:

Fashion and design

Shoe making 

Fish farming

Poultry

Electricals 

Makeover/tieing of headgear

Confectionery and others

During the Christmas holidays, majority of the trainees used that opportunity to offer services and earned some income which helped them provided for themselves hence making them not vulnerable to sexual abuse. 

According to Miriam "I am very happy that i took on this skill. Even though my parents cannot send me to school, i am doing something better with my life, i make money from tieing headgear as you can see and also use the m oney to buy my basic needs and support my parents. I hope to develop bigger in life and i will train other young girls too who are vulnerable free of charge" 

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A review meeting was held with beneficiaries of the entrepreneurship training in the last week of August 2020 after the easing of the lockdown due to COVID-19 to find out how they were able to utilize the skills acquired effectively during the lockdown and how they were to avoid been exploited.

Interacting with the young women who are undergoing training at the Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) training centre during a review meeting recorded the following as success stories:

  • from the skills I acquired before the covid-19 lockdown, I have been able to do few jobs and used the money to take care of myself and my child” – Esther
  • “I can now sew, as I was able to sew a gown for a client who did her traditional marriage, that alone announced me in my community” – Mrs. Jane
  • “though I couldn’t sew much to make enough money, but I was able to train 3 other girls in my community who didn’t have the opportunity to be part of the training I am attending. I am happy that, I have been able to help other young girls like me” – Mary
  • “I am happy that, I took on this opportunity. My mates who are teachers in my community, were not paid all through the period of the covid-19 lockdown, but that was not my case as I was sewing and making my little money. The little money helped me contribute to feeding in the home instead of going to beg, my guardian was happy with me” – veronica

GPI during the lockdown used the media to send out information to her beneficiaries on the need to stay safe and avoid be exploited rather make good use of their time and skills.

These beneficiaries are to serve as motivators to the upcoming trainees.

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The GPI entrepreneurial skills training differed a bit as we added other skills like: electrical, aluminum, welding in addition to the fashion designing.  The trainees who are mostly out of school young women were excited to have had the opportunity to choose from various skills. The essence of the expansion is to debunk the societal beliefs that, certain skills cannot be done by women thereby bringing the issues gender inequality to play.

GPI believes in gender equality and equity and so, gives opportunity to young women to achieve their full potentials and live healthy lives free of abuse and all forms of abuse and exploitation.

Outcome: within this short period of training, the unit has recorded great successes and achievements as stated below from a fulfilled beneficiary.

Catherine who choosed to learn welding started the training even when many people thought she will not be able to withstand the pressure of work carried out by welders, she was not discouraged but rather got encoragement from GPI. She went through the training and today is a proud welder. She presented what she was able to come up with during the exhibition. She produced a cassava grinding Machine as seen below.

According to Catherine: “I have always wanted to learn welding, but I didn’t have the opportunity and people were always telling me, I am a girl so I should change my mind, but when I saw this opportunity, I grabbed it and knew it was time for me to show my interest”

Today, Catherine is one of the many beneficiaries who got start up equipment to start up their business.

The beneficiaries expressed appreciation to GPI for the rare opportunity provided them.

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Ijeoma (20years) is a one of the trainees of the GPI entrepreneurial skills training for young women and girls. She is a new intake and within a short duration she has this to say “during the Christmas period, I was able to sew a gown, a skirt and a blouse for her mother and I can also sew clothes that I can wear to church and other important occasions. On my own I have been able to make up to Five Thousand (N5, 000.00) naira and this has helped to take care of my personal need e. g toiletries and I have paid part payment for my JAMB lesson fee I am hoping to start saving from the little I will have”


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The 8th batch of entrepreneurial skills training differ a bit as GPI ventured into other non-traditional skills electrical, alumaco, welding in addition to the fashion designing being expanded to include embroidery with support from Lafarge Africa Plc. The training which has a total of 32 girls and within this short period of training, the unit has recorded great successes and achievements thus:

  • The trainees are very enthusiastic and willing to learn
  • Some have started generating income for themselves by sewing for friends

One of the beneficiaries decided to learn electrical skills despite her gender and today, she is doing excellently well in her in the process. Miss Melony had this to say: “ I worked for my Boss who is a Pastor and he promised to sponsor my skills training, but he started making sexual advances at me and because I always turn his request down , he refused to pay for my training, so I quit the job. I am happy for GPI free training opportunity for me, I have started generating income for myself.”

She further stated "I know whatever, one is taught to do, he or she will suceed and so, i paid deaf ears to all the discourgament for me to learn electrical. I choosed this because i have always had passion for it, Thanks to GPI for giving me the opportunity of a dream come true".

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GIRLS' POWER INITIATIVE (GPI)

Location: Calabar, Cross River - Nigeria
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Comfort Ikpeme
Calabar, CROSS RIVER Nigeria

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