Farming can be a route out of poverty but the women of Togo face huge economic, legal and cultural barriers to creating and managing a small farming business. The Organisation for Women and Development is helping 100 women in two towns in Togo to develop reading, writing and numeracy skills to help them succeed as farming entrepreneurs and to generate income for themselves and their families.
Women in Togo face many barriers to creating and participating in businesses. They are almost twice as likely to be illiterate as men. In helping them to develop small farming businesses, the Organisation for Women and Development has found that almost all the women had trouble managing their finances because they cannot read. Instead they must rely on men, and that often leads to embezzlement. This program will teach them basic literacy skills to manage their finances and work independently.
Professional teachers from the Association of Solidarity and Development Universe will conduct four courses in Ewe, the local language, and in French in the villages of Ekpla and Kati, Togo. The course will cover basic reading, writing and numeracy. To ensure that rural women are aware of this opportunity, an outreach program will be conducted before the courses begins, and regular assessments during and after the courses will ensure they are effective.
50 rural Togo women will be able to manage their financial and business affairs independently, raising them out of poverty by giving them the tools to generate income for themselves and their children, and helping them to contribute more effectively to their communities. These skills will create the possibility of a lifetime of learning not just for the women but for their children, who will also gain the chance to live more productive and independent lives free of poverty.