In order to combat child trafficking, 20 women will learn how to make soap and other skin care products. Poverty is one of the main root causes of trafficking in Ghana and women are disproportionately affected by poverty. This training will enable these 20 women to become economically independent and secure. Participants in the training will set up a cooperative, ensuring collective success and support.
Senya Beraku is a source community for child trafficking in Ghana. Oftentimes, parents are hard-pressed to care for their children and traffickers use this to prey upon their vulnerability. The parents are deceived and believe they are sending their child to a better life, but instead the children are forced into modern slavery on Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world. When families are economically secure, children are at less risk of being trafficked.
When women are successful, they re-invest their money into their families more than men. By targetting women, we will be investing into the protection of generations to come. These 20 women will be able to create a business for in-demand products allowing them to break the cycle of poverty. By establishing economic stability, their children will be at less risk of being trafficked.
In our past projects with women, when they are financially secure, their children are more likely to be enrolled in school. These children then have access to higher education opportunities, allowing the cycle of poverty and vulnerability to be broken. At Challenging Heights, we continue to put our efforts forward to empower women in our community. By doing this, women will be self-reliance to build a stable income and decrease of their children being trafficked due to poverty.