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:
156 Women have received loans to start-up and expand their business.
2,101 Women have attended business consulting, health and
82 Children of women beneficiaries have been able to attend school.
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 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.