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Women at Kurosua No. 2, a farming community in the Sunyani Municipality are undergoing three weeks of capacity building and skills training in soap making, to improve their livelihoods.
The training for 60 beneficiaries, with support from the Embassy of Switzerland in Ghana, was organized by the Kavinang Foundation, a Ghana-based Non-governmental organization focused on community development and women’s economic empowerment.
Beneficiaries of the training, which started Monday would be taken through how to manufacture soaps for bathing and washing as well as managing their finances to complement their seasonal farming activities.
Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister officially opened the training session and entreated participants and women, in general, to learn and add diverse handicraft skill competencies to their activities for economic improvement.
Accompanied by Nana Kesewaa Yeboah, the Bono Regional Deputy Coordinating Council, Mad. Owusu-Banahene encouraged participants to ensure unity and cordial cohabitation and demonstrate a good attitude towards work so they can add economic value to themselves and their families.
Mr Seth Cudjoe, the project coordinator in an interview with this reporter on the sideline of the training explained that the area was known for only seasonal farming activities and the women keep experiencing severe economic hardship.
The training was, therefore, to build the capacities of the women for small-scale soap businesses so that they can support themselves and their households during the off-farming seasons.
Mr Cudjoe added that the beneficiaries would be guided to form three groups made up of 20 members with five leaders in each group.
They would contribute GhC20 each as a commitment fee and receive start-up kits.
The Foundation together with the facilitators would do six months of strict monitoring for the sustainability of the project, he stated.
Mrs Eunice Adama and Elizabeth Lareba who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the organizers of the project, saying that they solely relied on rains to farm twice in the year in cassava, maize and vegetables. The training, they continued, would give them additional sources of income in the farming community.