Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum

by Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum
Training session on tailoring
Training session on tailoring

Train/Equip 30 Women In Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum

Introduction

Further to our last report in March, we hereby give our 3rd Report on the Project. The entrepreneurial and empowerment training for thirty (30) women participants in Aguowa Urban Slum in Enugu metropolis kicked off in January, 2018

The Training

The training started off in earnest. The women decided the time and days most suitable to them. We were made to understand that some of them do cleaning jobs in government and private offices and nearby homes. Participants were quite eager to get going. The women were provided with adequate training materials. The tailoring instructor was at hand to ensure a one-on-one interaction and the trainees were at ease with her. Training started off with measurements and stitches, crocheting and then making of baby wears, blouses, etc., and then adult wears. 

They were fully committed to the training contents and schedules. The learning approaches used included case study, role play, brain storming sessions, etc.

They were taught every necessary detail in sewing and crocheting. In the last two months of the training, two Lift Saxum staff facilitated on Life skills and Business training ranging from; Valuing women’s work, Gender division of labour, Acheiving work life balance and balancing a double day, Stress and stress management, Managing household finances/savings, Planning ahead, Financing your business, Business Ethics, Behaviour and Time management, etc.

At the end of the training, the trainees were happy with the degree of skills they had acquired within the four months period. Of the thirty participants registered for the training, one person relocated, while the rest successfully finished the programme though with varying degrees of  committment.

Graduation Ceremony

The exit/graduation ceremony was held on June 21, 2018. Dignitaries that attended the occasion included Mr. Osy Ekwueme, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Poverty Reduction, representing the Commissioner. Princess Oge Okereke a Director in the Ministry of Gender Affairs representing the Commissioner for Gender Affairs. Mr. Chimaife Nze representing Aguowa stakeholders association. In attendance were the Project Director and Executive Director of Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte, Mrs. Nwanneka Okolo, Mrs. Ebere Onwuchekwa, the tailoring instructor, M/S Chika Mbah, Lift Saxum Programme Coordinator and trainer and Mrs. Ukamaka Udegunam, Lift Saxum Programme Officer and trainer.

The beneficiaries all wore dresses they made during the training and so also did their little children who attended the ceremony with them.

The awarding of sewing machines to the women was the climax of the occasion and set the whole community agog. The women were taken by surprise since award of machines had been kept under wraps to make sure the right persons were registered for the programme. As soon as all the sewing machines were displayed the atmosphere changed with the women chattering and dancing. Eventually, the ceremony got under way and after the opening prayer and National Anthem, the women sang a welcome song after which the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Poverty Reduction, on behalf of the Enugu State Government delivered an address thanking Lift Saxum and GlobalGiving for the initiative which would help alleviate poverty in the State.

Participants then presented some drama and told impact stories all geared towards emphasizing their immeasurable joy over what they had learnt and received. They sang songs of praise to the management of Lift Saxum and GlobalGiving.

In her address, the Project Director advised the participants to put into work what they had learnt, reminding them that they would need to be self reliant and fend for their families. She told them to train their children both academically and in skill acquisition and also instill in them a culture of hard work. She further congratulated the beneficiaries and assured them of the organisation’s support and follow up on their business progress. She also pledged to help guide any of them who develop a good business plan and are in need of funds to secure loan with the Bank of Industry.

She ended by saying that individual donors to the project would be happy to know that their contributions have made and would continue to such a great impact.

Speaking on behalf of the rest, a beneficiary said among other things, that the sewing machines given to them would surely lift a lot of burden from their shoulders. She said their joy knew no bounds because from experience, most organisations give only training and no start-off funds or equipment thereby not making real impact in their lives.  

Vote of thanks was given by the representative of Aguowa stakeholders association. He expressed their unalloyed joy and thanks to Lift Saxum, GlobalGiving Foundation and the numerous donors who made such a mark in the lives of many by giving them reason to live and keep hope alive.

Project Background

This project is to train and equip 30 women living in abject poverty in Agu Owa urban slum within Enugu metropolis in tailoring, crocheting, business skills, functional literacy, gender awareness and life skills. It was designed also to address some of the gaps in skills and knowledge needed by Nigerian women and girls to enable them provide for education and general well-being of their families and lift them from the cycle of poverty.

Given that Nigeria’s population is made up of over 83 million women and girls, it is crucial that they be actively integrated in the scheme of things. As women make up the majority of informal sector workforce, due cognizance must be given to the fact that economic independence and financial inclusion are essential for empowering them. Studies have shown the unhealthy nexus between poverty among women and the many gender related ills in the society. Enhancing the access of women and girls to control over resources will increase investment in human capital which in turn will improve children’s health, nutrition, education and future growth. 

Changes Introduced in the Community and Project Sustainability

In the course of the training, the women formed a social network group, which is gradually developing into self-help groups and several partnerships. Most of the women plan to start off in their homes while some others plan to venture into making kiddies wears on a commercial scale. This sustainability mechanism is one that is hinged on common interest and goals. The sessions on business training, especially finance, quality control, customer care and marketing are to ensure the sustainability and growth of the business. The  beneficiaries were also assured that Lift Saxum would be monitoring their progress and would help them secure access to small loans and technical assistance.

Challenges

The main challenge in executing the project was not being able to raise enough funds to purchase sewing machines for all the trainees and the depreciation of the naira against the dollar affected our purchasing power. Since there were only 20 sewing machines to give out we employed clear cut criteria - from dedication/prompt and efficient completion of assignments to attendance recorded  to determine those to benefit. Pairs of  scissors were given to others. 

Recommendations and Conclusion

The fund has been of immense benefit to the project, especially with the purchase of sewing machines.  The beneficiaries and the other stakeholders were very appreciative of the donors and we hope to be able to source adequate funding for our next project. 

Lift Saxum is happy to have carried out this project. We are very grateful to our donors for their support and to GlobalGiving for providing the platform. It is such a joy to so directly be a positive influence in the lives of many women, and by extension, families.

Thank you all!!

Nwanneka Okolo

Project Director

The trained women pose with the Sewing machines
The trained women pose with the Sewing machines
Government Rep presents a machine to a beneficiary
Government Rep presents a machine to a beneficiary
Trainees try out their hands on sewing machines
Trainees try out their hands on sewing machines
The women in a drama at the closing ceremony
The women in a drama at the closing ceremony
With their machines and wearing clothes they made
With their machines and wearing clothes they made
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Sensitization Sessions
Sensitization Sessions

Sensitization and Awareness Outreach on 16t January 2018
The Lift Saxum team met with men and women of Aguowa community, an urban slum in Enugu on January 16, 2018, a date and time chosen by the community after the Christmas festivities.
Lift Saxum Programme Coordinator, Programme Officer and Administration Officer were in attendance. It was important to involve the men including the community leaders so as to get their buy-in and support for the project in the close knit community. 

The Programme coordinator sensitized the community on the mission of Lift Saxum which is to train and equip thirty women and girls in their community on tailoring and crocheting, business skills, functional literacy, gender awareness, life skills and civil rights to empower them in order to improve their livelihood and that of their families and the community as a whole.

She explained that the project would be funded with the collaboration of GlobalGiving, Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte and some public spirited benefactors and that the training would be free. She urged the women to seize the opportunity to add value to their lives.

At the end, many women declared their interest while some men indicated interest on behalf of their wives. Their names were written down.

Baseline Data Collection 
The baseline data collection was conducted and concluded with interested participants present, on 7th February, 2018.

Commencement of Training
The training proper commences on 13th February 2018. The Programme Officer outlined the code of conduct for the training before distributing writing materials and file jacket to each participant. Participants were also given sewing materials, measuring tape, thread, needles, pins, pieces of cloths each, crochet, etc. The women were quite enthusiastic. They chose to have the training in an old prefabricated structure (located at the centre of the slum) formerly used as a school which was closed down by the State Government for not meeting the requirements for basic education. They had earlier rejected a more conducive venue proposed by Lift Saxum with the reason that they would prefer to be closer to home.

Challenges:

  • More women are still coming and pleading to participate in the training.
  • We are $3,035.00 short of project budget of $8,900.00.

Conclusion

The programme is progressing well and the women are also looking forward to the sweeteners we shall introduce shortly on civil rights, life skills, etc.

We wish to seize this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and to assure them that we shall do all in our power to meet the objectives of the project.

Nwanneka Okolo
Executive Director
Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte

Sensitization Sessions
Sensitization Sessions
Selection of participants
Selection of participants
Selection of participants
Selection of participants
Training section measurement taking
Training section measurement taking
Training section. Measuring the human form
Training section. Measuring the human form
Learning and practicing stitches
Learning and practicing stitches
Participants practicing stitches
Participants practicing stitches
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Train/Equip 30 Women in Enugu-Nigeria Urban Slum (29651). GlobalGiving

Our project of training and equipping 30 women in Enugu, South East Nigeria is yet to take off. The reason is that it will not be feasible at this time of the year to commence the project because the culture here is that from November some people have started to wind down for Christmas and most urban dwellers travel to the villages to spend the Christmas holiday.

Business activities generally will not pick up until about 3rd week in January. We would like to do this right and so will have to commence training on January 15, 2018. We shall render another report on or before January 29, 2018.

Thank you for the confidence reposed in us. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Best regards

Nwanneka Okolo

for: Lift Saxum Team."

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Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte

Location: Enugu - Nigeria
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Nwanneka Okolo
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Nwanneka Okolo
Enugu, Nigeria

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