In a bid to bring about positive change and empower young mothers facing the challenges of unemployment and economic hardship, a three-day skill training program has been organized by Developing Women for Skills and Opportunities Initiative (DWoSO), in the communities of Brofoyedur and Amanful, in Cape Coast.
This transformative initiative, known as the Young Women Skill Training and Empowerment Project, equipped 50 young women aged 18 to 25 with the knowledge and skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency and resilience.
Poverty, teenage pregnancy, limited educational opportunities, and unemployment have posed significant hurdles for these young mothers, this project, however, seeks to break these barriers and open doors to a brighter future.
With the support of funding from the YALI Community Engagement Fund, the project covered a diverse range of skills essential for personal and economic development.
The curriculum includes training in liquid soap making, makeup application, branding, goal setting, time management, and financial literacy. These skills are carefully selected to provide a holistic foundation for the young women’s journey towards empowerment.
In her opening remarks, Francisca Nancy Hagan, the Executive Director, and Founder for DWoSO emphasized the critical importance of the participants’ commitment to what they would learn during the program and their subsequent application of these skills.
She underscored the project’s mission by stating, “Through this initiative, we aim to nurture resilience, promote productivity, and foster financial sustainability among our young women. We will provide them with valuable skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will empower them to overcome the hurdles they face.”
Furthermore, she passionately added, “the success of this project lies not only in our collective efforts but also in the determination of our young women here to seize this opportunity and shape their futures.”
Over the course of the three-day training, the young women received intensive instruction in liquid soap making, a valuable skill that can lead to income generation and entrepreneurial opportunities. Additionally, they delved into the world of makeup application, learning techniques that can open doors to careers in beauty and cosmetics.
Beyond technical skills, the project emphasizes the importance of personal development. Training in branding, goal setting, time management, and financial literacy equips these young women with essential life skills that extend beyond the realm of business. The project aims to boost self-esteem, providing the tools necessary for young women to actively participate in public life and take charge of their futures.
As the Young Women Skill Training and Empowerment Project commences, it carries a vision of a more inclusive, equitable, and empowered community. It is expected that the empowered young women will not only transform their own lives but also become agents of change, inspiring others to follow suit.
Some selected participants were given startup materials to start work with, which will be closely monitored over time, ensuring that they have the resources to turn their newfound skills into viable businesses.
The project organizers are enthusiastic about the positive impact this initiative will have on the lives of young women in Brofoyedur and Amanful, as well as the broader community. They firmly believe that, with the right support and opportunities, young women can break free from the cycle of poverty and become strong, independent, and contributing members of society.
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