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.”
GPI Enterpreneurship Skills Training - beneficiary tells her Story
By Ndodeye Bassey-Obongha | Head of Programs, GPI Calabar center
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.”
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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