SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
The Livelihood project provides workshops and training sessions in business skills, bookkeeping, commercial consultancy and management in order to further the women’s education and help their businesses for the future. These sessions further give women the opportunity to network and share ideas amongst the women alliance AFAWI has created.
Women are additionally provided capital in the form of small loans with low interest rates, for investing it in a new business or expand an existing one, as many women do not have access to a normal bank accounts because of the accompanying costs.
Daily savings accounts are additionally made available (locally known as “susu”), as studies have proven, that the provision of loans only can not be seen a sustainable way in reducing poverty in a long term. AFAWI therefore provides a chance to create a savings account that receives a small amount of interest and encourages further saving for the future.
As a result, the Livelihood Project creates an opportunity for women to be financially independent, allowing the women and their families to rise above the poverty line.
AFAWI is on top adopting the supplying and delivery of efficient clean cookstoves to our beneficiaries of the livelihood project, to promote a clean and healthy food and living, an efficient and sustainable natural resource consumption, as well as saving money
Since 2012, AFAWI has provided relief to women in need in communities across Ghana, including:
195 Women have received loans to start-up and expand their business.
2,268 Women have attended business consulting, health and
107 Children of women beneficiaries have been able to attend school.
As part of the Livelihood Project, AFAWI partnered with the Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperationen in 2020 to train 52 market women in the Greater Accra Region for one week intensively in the fields of financial literacy.
In 2021 the focus was placed on 30 seamstresses in the Volta Region, which received training by AFAWI in cooperation with Hope Sews.
Furthermore 30 women in Abokobi and Boi were trained and received loans by AFAWI.
In April 2022, AFAWI collaborated with the Webster University Ghana to host training with 5 single mothers working as Egg Seller, Indomie Seller, Fruit Seller, Waakye Seller and Bofrot Seller. All of them are living below the poverty line and are the only one taking care of their children. The father of the children has left the family. The women were granted an asset grant directly supporting their businesses as well as a cash grant, both without a repayment obligation. AFAWI will continue to monitor the women over the next years to ensure ongoing support and success of the project.
In July 2022, the next round of trainings for 40 women in Abokobi/Boi in the Greater Accra Region started. By the end of the year, AFAWI is expecting to give out 100 additional loans to our female project participants.
All women are required to take training and workshops before receiving a loan. The training workshops will go through business skills, finances, management and health. The health aspect is very important because if a women is unable to keep herself and her family healthy, she will be unable to work.
After training is complete, women will be given a small loan or grant to help start or expand her business.
AFAWI has created the "susu" program. "Susu" is the local word for saving. It allows women who cannot afford a bank account to have a safe place to save their money. It also demonstrates the importance of saving for the future.