Women Empowerment and Livelihood

PROFESSIONAL FEMALE TRICYCLE DRIVING (PFTD) PROJECT

NOYED-Ghana has secured a grant from its partner, EMpower based in UK to implement a project called Professional Female Tricycle Driving (PFTD-Project) which seeks to create employable skills for young girls. The project started January this year and it is a one year  project. The Professional Female Tricycle Driving(PFTD) project is an initiative under the livelihood empowerment program of NOYED-Ghana at the Youth Center for Entrepreneurial Empowerment (Y-CEE). The project is supported by EMpower. The project seeks to empower about 40 young females in tricycle driving and in business training as well as gender issues. As a requirement, NOYED-Ghana directly involved young girls in the proposal development process, to propose and creatively design the strategies that will support the young girls to overcome the barriers they face when trying to compete in the job market where their male counterparts dominate.

The project seeks to achieve the following goals

  • To directly economically empower 40 female youth as tricycle operators in northern region of Ghana. (Tamale metropolis & Sagnarigu).
  • To build the capacity of 40 female youth in employable skills, job access, assertive life and active participation in decision making.
  • To educate the project beneficiaries on sexuality and safe family planning.
  • To educate the general public towards an improved gender relation.

The trainees will receive basic maintenance tips of the motorcycles/Tricycles through various mechanics to help them solve basic mechanical problems during the use of the motorbikes/tricycles in the line of business operations.

It is the expectation of NOYED-Ghana& partners that by the end of the project, the following results would have been achieved.

  1. Economically empowered young girls in tricycle driving
  2. Taking part in the decision making process in their communities and household levels
  3. Income levels of about 40 mothers improved
  4. Secured and reliable jobs for 40 females in tricycle driving.
  5. Girls generate incomes and make savings for improved life

Pig rearing Jirapa (Duori-Guo)

A monitoring visit was made to the women participating in the pig-rearing project in Jirapa. The following observations were made during the visit.

  • The women groups were still intact in their numbers and the vision was still alive.
  • The women had succeeded in putting up a pen as agreed and supported.
  • The four pigs they were assisted to buy had littered, increasing their number to 11.
  • A representative from NBSSI had also visited them to find out how they were fairing and advised them on some technical issues upon their invitation.
  • Guided by the fact that the pen was small, the group had begun planning expansion of the pen to accommodate the increasing numbers of the pigs as they litter.

In a discussion with the group, they mentioned a few challenges and requested for further assistance to address these. Fundamentally, they mentioned feeding of the pigs as their major challenge. They noted that because the pigs are kept in an enclosed place without beingallowed to roam in the community as others do, it is too demanding on them to feed the pigs and that comes with cost. In addition as the pigs had littered their savings have gone into feeding them. They therefore the women used that platform to appeal for additional assistance to support them in feeding the pigs. From the observation of the visiting team, it was realized that the feeding was actually a challenge because the pigs appeared malnourished and weak suggesting the need for an immediate intervention. Please see monitoring report for details.

Women in business management and marketing

NOYED-Ghana organised a capacity building workshop for shea butter processors and the rice processors, based on needs of the women’s groups NOYED-Ghana was supporting in the West Mamprusi District. The aim wasto increase their effectiveness in managing their groups and businesses, consequently increasing productivity and profits.

Twenty-five women were trained from the two groups by a resource person from the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) and were expected to share the skills with their members totaling 142.

As part of plans to increase the effectiveness of these groups, NOYED-Ghana made a donation of items to them based on their priorities. The shea butter processors were given a signpost, which is to help increasing their visibility to result in increased demand for their produce. The rice processors were assisted with 25 bags of cements to help them put up structure to house their rice processing machine which they are saving money to buy.

Youth Empowerment

The Youth Center for Entrepreneurial Empowerment(Y-CEE) Project is a youth focused intervention designed to provide employable skills to at risk youth in the northern part of Ghana, specifically, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and the Sagnarigu Municipality. The project was conceived in 2016 as an initiative of the Net Organisation for Youth Empowerment and Development (NOYED-Ghana) and supported by the traditional leadership, the local assemblies, and Empower: The Emerging Market Foundation Ltd. It is built to provide youth with training in welding and fabrication, Leadership, Literacy and numeracy, gender empowerment, entrepreneurial skills and business management. This, was seen a comprehensive pack that will make them complete and ready for the job market at graduation.

Following the successful implementation of Y-CEE Project by the NOYED-Ghana which ended around November, 2017, and witnessed the graduation of 13 youth, EMpower (the Donor) provided an additional support for the training of 15 more “At risk Youth”