The project seeks to provide small start -up business grant for 50 visually impaired women involved in daily begging of alms on the streets. This project will prioritize 50 of these vulnerable women randomly selected from six communities in rural Monsterrado County where persons with visual disabilities are populated: Beranard's Farm community, Mt. Barclay community, Caldwell Township, Virginia Township and Brewerville Township. Project cost (US$14,000.).
Families with disabilities and their children are still roaming the streets begging alms in order to feed and provide accommodation for their families. The plights of these people have not claimed much attention due to the nature of the discrimination and negative perceptions against them. They lack employment and livelihood opportunities, they are so poor and vulnerable that many of their children are either school drop-out or denied access as a result of their parents' situation.
This project when implemented will restore the self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness of these disabled women. The project will provide the enabling capacities for these women to leave the streets, stay home and sell their markets, which will have a trickle down effects on the future of their children, facilitate the school enrollment of their children that accompanied them: pay tuition fees, school supplies and mentor-ship throughout the life of the project.
The project will allow 50 visually impaired women to rise out of poverty and streets begging alms along with their children. This initiative will restrict the women to their communities and selling to earn income to support themselves and their children.