As some batches of the entrepreneurship training ended for young out of school females, some beneficiaries of the skills have started generating income for themselves, thereby reducing their vulnerability to sexual exploitations and all other forms of violence and discrimination. Below are some outcomes of some beneficiaries who are now shop owners and are training other young people including the males and are also employers of labour contributing to reducing SDGs No:1 which is Zero Poverty.
These beneficiaries also serve as motivation to other young women who turn up daily demanding to be enroll in order to acquire similar skills. The GPI entrepreneurial unit engages the services of some of beneficiaries’ as resource persons in training for the new intakes.
The economic skills training for GPI Calabar Centre girls took place in GPI Calabar center. A total of 278 (two hundred and seventy-eight) adolescent girls were in attendance and took part in the training.
This is to help equip adolescent girls with different skills which will help them become self-reliant towards their healthy development and expose them to business opportunities; thereby making the girls financially and economically independent and avoid being exploited.
The training featured production of cleaning agents’/hair products and confectionery.
Two female resource persons were brought in to coach the girls and also shared their experiences on how they ventured into learning a skill and how it has helped them to be financially and economically empowered. This was to help motivate the girls and bring out their entrepreneurial skills.
After the basics from the resources persons, the girls were divided into various groups to take turns to practice what they have learnt during the theory classes. Girls were able to produce liquid soaps, hair cream, hair shampoo, Izal, fish pie, cakes, chin-chin, puff-puff and cookies.
As part of activities to round up the 7th batch of GPI entrepreneurial training, trainees who took part in the farm farming component were equipped with the market opportunities in the fish processing sector of the economy and they were encouraged to harness the skills acquired from the training as means of getting themselves self-employed so as to become economically independent. The unit employed the services of a Fish Market Development Consultant, in the Niger Delta region of the country to take trainees through the process of processing fish for different consumption purposes different from the conventional way of processing fish.
Fifty-eight (58) trainees were taken through the procedures and were able to come up with products such as: fish pizzas, Fish soya, fish shawarma and fish gala etc. All these are consumables that are currently trendy in the fish sector.
Participants demonstrated high sense of commitment as most of them were able to carry out the procedures independently.
Serah U. is a beneficiary of the fashion and designing entrepreneurial skills who heard about the program from a friend and developed interest. Upon commencement of the program she discovered her passion and love for sewing which made her put in so much time and efforts in learning. She stays up at night to put into practice what she learns in class and her performance endear the trainers to her as well as other beneficiaries. "When I started, I knew I could start making money while I was learning since I am a university graduate with no job. I devoted lots of time, had so many sleepless nights because I knew it was going to be worthwhile. Today, I do not regret all the sacrifices. I never knew it was possible to become a better fashion designer in six months but the measures put by the organization and the enthusiasm and dedication of the trainers made it possible. I am forever grateful". Sarah' remake during the presentation of award to her as the best graduating fashion and designing student. Serah encouraged girls still in the program to develop passion in what they are doing and turn every challenges to opportunities as challenges often times as distractions. Serah is currently earning a living from the skill she required from the organization and has made a pledge to train other girls who may not be opportune to be part of the program. She however stated that set-up tools poses as a major challenge to her and she will appeal to the organization and donors to support girls like her with set-up grants.
Present participants of the 7th batch of training have expressed satisfaction on their level of knowledge so for on the various skills being taught. Interaction with the participants revealed the following: Jennifer (25) - ’I had a friend who took part in the training last year, I admired her shoes- I could only imagine a girl making shoes for herself, so I was determined to register for the next batch. So far, I have learnt how to make women cooperate shoes, sandals and slippers and I have started making money from the little I have learnt. I could imagine what will happen upon completion of the program’. My plan after completion of the program is to further my learning and open a shoe academy name ‘Essilocherish shoe Academy’. Ability (23) - “My friend Ruth who is a beneficiary of the sewing years ago told me about the programme and I was motivated to take part because of how young she is but already making money for herself and a lot of customers appreciates her styles. So I decided to join Ruth, now though I am not done with the training, I have started making simple styles of skirt for myself. I plan to be serious with my fashion and designing skills just like Ruth, I will raise money to get a sewing machine as I can be independent. Gloria (25) – “I came with the plans to learn more about fashion designing- though I am in the fashion and designing session of the skills, I love the fish farming session. I have developed interest in the business and I hope to start up my pond soon enough before the completion of the programme so after the programme I have what to engage myself in since fingerlings take about 6 months to be ready’. Feedback from resource persons revealed that the beneficiaries are enthusiastic about the training, willing to learn and are focused.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
Get Reports via Email
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.