My Call, My Response, My Initiative
Over the years there has been a marked growth in the student base and research conducted in the humanitarian andinternational development fields. Simultaneously, the lessons learnt from the MDGs have highlighted the continuing need to address development issues on the ground and with well-informed and innovative solutions.
Based on these two emerging trends AFAWI has decided to provide a unique opportunity for students to undertake their dissertation/thesis within the supportive arms of a grassroots NGO in Africa.
The program offers students the ability to conduct their thesis research in the field while resting upon the benefits of AFAWI’s strong foundations, extended networks and extensive knowledge in the area of development and gender issues.
The Clothing Cooperative is a social enterprise that empowers women through innovation, design and production. The Clothing Cooperative enables women to alleviate themselves from the hardships of poverty by giving them the resources to create stylish, quality garments that will be retailed internationally. In the Clothing Cooperative, women will use their skills to manufacture clothes that are made from 100% Ghanaian materials, promoting the rich history that Ghana has in textile production and clothing design. The Clothing Cooperative empowers women through ethical and formal employment which will contribute to the development of Ghana’s clothing industries.
We need your support to run our microfinance project, providing affordable loans and business skills training to poor women and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
The project encourages the economic participation of women, promotes gender equality and improves the economic welfare of people that don't ordinarily have access to financial services. You can read more about the project here.
Despite steps being made to meet the UN's Millennium Development Goals, Ghana is still burdened by extreme poverty, and for women and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) this burden can be crippling.
Rather than receiving charity, it's empowering for those living in poverty to have the ability to work and earn a regular income but many are neglected by mainstream banks and find it impossible to access loans that could help them start a small business. Microfinance and financial assistance have proved to be effective and efficient methods of combating poverty by extending financial services to the people that need it most.
This project has been conceptualised by Charlie Young and Laurie Oscar Wynne, two British volunteers working with Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI).
After observing local school aged children playing every day outside the office, questions were raised about universal access to education in Ghana. Access to education for poor families in Ghana is a prevalent problem despite free primary and junior education policy. This is due to the hidden costs involved with sending a child to school; purchase of uniforms, school books, bag, shoes, food and transport. The purchase of these essentials is often too much for families living in poverty resulting in blocked access to education for these children, and as such