Project #9370

Self Help Young Adult Training Center in Ghana

by Self-Help International
Nov 4, 2013

Training Centre Produces a Young Entrepreneur

Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.
Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.

Abass Kwarteng, 33, completed high school in 2007 but was unable to go further as his mother, a single parent, could not marshal the needed financial resources.  Due to his low level of education he could not secure himself any reliable employment. He moved from one menial job to another.  He had a vision of becoming self-employed but he had limited ideas and funds.

In March 2013, Abass enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Young Adults Training Center to broaden his knowledge and skills in mushroom production. He completed his training in June and immediately acquired a parcel of land to start mushroom farming in his village. Using local materials Abass has constructed inoculation and incubation rooms, a composting floor, and a cropping house.

Currently Abass has one employee, Ahmed Mahmud who is 26 and a basic school graduate. Mahmud believes that a day spent at the center keeps him out of trouble and on a path to success.

In September 2013 SHI granted a loan of $250 to Abass for the purchase of spores, plastic bags, and other materials for the initial production.

Abass says there is a ready market for mushrooms. He plans to sell to hotels and restaurants in Kumasi and its surroundings.

Thanks for your kindness and consistent support. Your help has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Composting floor
Composting floor

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Self-Help International

Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Waverly, IA United States
$2,055 raised of $30,000 goal
42 donations
$27,945 to go
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