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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

To increase access to 100 young females to entrepreneurial skills, financial and business management and other technical support services for take-off to enhance self-reliance towards alleviating poverty, we held the sixth batch of the entrepreneurship skills training for out-of-school young girls between the ages of 15 and 25 to empower them economically thus reducing the level of exploitation and its attendant consequences.

Soon after the six months training on fish farming, Glory (one of the most outstanding beneficiaries) started her fish pond behind her father’s compound to assist her parents raise funds for her school.

With her parents support, she was able to start up her farm with three thousand (3,000) fingerlings in which she was able to make enough money for the upkeep of the family and her education. Her profits has moved from #25,000 to 40,000 as she does not only sell within her neighbourhood but market, restaurants and she does home delivery to her customers.


Glory has not regretted being a part of the skills training and having to start up the business. According to her, the only challenge is the mortality rate which she has put in measures to tackle the challenge. She encouraged other young female to take part in the GPI entrepreneurship training and take it seriously. Glory is a university undergraduate whose part of her education fund is from her fish farm business.


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Ruth is one of the girls who enrolled in the GPI Girls’ Entrepreneurship programme in 2016. Before the programme, she struggled with low self-esteem and low income to cater for herself. After acquiring sewing skills she has this story to tell: 

“My name is Ruth Sunday, I am 19 years old. Before participating in the sewing skills program in 2016, I could neither cut nor sew any dress. In three months, I could sew and started having a few customers. I was given the opportunity to train in an Empowerment Programme where I earned up to 300,000 Naira. I was also awarded “Best Fashion & Design Student of the Year” by the programme. Over time, I have had increase in sales.  In one day, I make up to two dresses, however, as an entrepreneur, I am sometimes stressed.

My self-esteem is greatly improved by being a part of the GPI Entrepreneurship Program. I have a passion for sewing and that keeps me busy. I am satisfied with the jobs I handled and because I make my own wages, I can buy things I need which gives me some level of independence. Being in fashion design helps me to be creative and innovative. I strongly believe that this programme is impactful as it empowers young girls to be self-reliant.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Shoemaking is an enterprise that is common among the male folks in Nigeria. In view of this, Girls’ Power Initiative integrated shoemaking as one component of her entrepreneurship training programme to encourage out-of-school girls to acquire shoemaking skills. Over the past three years, over 150 girls have acquired shoemaking skills through the programme.

The men from the shoe making field these girls often interacted with before and during internship were surprised to discover that they made shoes. Some of the girls have reported that shoe-making can be a very dirty business! Even when they wear protective wears they sometimes get their clothes dirty and it’s impossible to do the work with fake fingernails which is the style of many young Nigerian women.

Nevertheless, shoemaking is one of the lucrative enterprises for graduates of the programme especially those who have set up their own business with support from GPI. Joy, one of the shoemakers, has her story to share:

“I enjoy making shoes as it has become part of my life. I acquired shoemaking skills after eight months training. I can make slippers, sandals and covered shoes for girls and women. I have set-up a shoemaking business with the grant GPI provide. I now have more customers and increased sales compared to when I started four months ago. Every month I earn up to 30,000NGN on the average which helps me to fend for myself and family members. I thank GPI for this support.”


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Girls Power Initiative provided grants in the form of equipment and shop rents to up to six graduates of her six-month entrepreneurship and internship programme in 2017. Businesses were set-up for these girls in the area of fashion design and shoe-making. After four months of setting-up the business of fashion design, one of the girls - Sarah has experienced increased income and has contributed to fending for the family. She has this to share-“My business was not moving smoothly when I started as sometimes I could stay up to one week without patronage from anyone. I started marketing my business by talking to people on the streets, church, neighbourhood and social media platforms. After making those efforts, I started having customers and the number increased over time.”i am now earning up to 5,000 naira a week from my business which was difficult to get before now. The income has been very helpful as I now contribute to feeding at home. My sewing skills have greatly improved so I make nice designs that attract more customers.” I appreciate GPI for enabling me to become an entrepreneur. I have gotten another shop where I intend to relocate to very soon.”


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According to the National Bureau of Economic Research  (NBER) economic recession is described as a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in a real gross domestic product, real income, employment, industrial production and wholesale-retail sales. One of the major causes is mass unemployment especially among girls and women.

As one of the measures to ensure girls and young women in her constituency are gainfully employed and overcome the economic recession that hit Nigeria in 2016, Girls’ Power Initiative under her Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Programme provided start-up grants for small scale businesses in the areas of fashion design and shoe-making.

 Eight girls were selected in the 4th quarter of 2016 for the grants based on their outstanding performance and commitment during the six-month skills training and three-month internship programmes. Five girls received grants for shops and sewing equipment and three girls received grants to rent shops and procure equipment for shoe-making. These girls have established business relationship with various customers to make and sell their products. They have made and sold gowns, shirts, skirts, slippers, covered shoes, and hand bags and have generated revenue of more than N20,000 in the last two months with a gross margin of 30 percent. Here are some of their testimonies:

 “Since I started I have made and sold 8 skirts, 3 gowns and 3 bags. I wear some of my products to advertise. My plan is to make unique dresses and expand my business. Thanks to GPI for this opportunity.” – Mary

“I feel very happy because there are people out there looking for this opportunity. I have made more than N10,000 from the sales of gowns and skirts. I plan to also train others in this line of business.” – Sarah

 

“I have made up to N30,000 from the sales of covered shoes, slippers and sandals in the last two months. I appreciate GPI for the support.” – Obasesam

 

GPI plans to reach more girls and young women in Nigeria with this opportunity with a view to empowering them socially and economically as well as attaining Planet 50:50 by 2030.


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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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