NGO trains grandmothers to grow businesses

Winneba (C/R) Aug. 23, GNA – Seventeen
grandmothers in Winneba have received training on economic ventures to enable
them to handle the financial challenges of their respective families
successfully.

It was organised by “The Helen Project” – a
Virginia -based international charity organisation of the United States – under
the theme: “Grow Your Business”, at Winneba.

The workshop forms part of the activities of
the City of Charlottesville, USA, and the Winneba Sister-City programmes.

Dr. Dale Johnson, the Executive Director of
the Project, said the objectives of the project were to empower African
Grandmothers who were administering the affairs of orphans placed under their
care.

The project is implemented in partnership
with the Grandmothers in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, she said.

“Since the project’s inception in 2014 in
Winneba, we have through our donations been able to assist grandmothers with
interest free loans to help them initiate projects  to make them self reliant,” she said.

Each of the 17 grandmothers was given 100
dollars and they are to re-pay within 12 months for others to benefit.

The Executive Director said the project
started with five beneficiaries in Winneba, but now there were 33.

They are pursuing ventures such as the
marketing of smoked fish, roasted plantains, cold water, Ghanaian fabrics, and
catering.

Each of the beneficiaries is at liberty to
re-apply for additional funding after honoring the terms and regulations
pertaining to the loans they had received.

Mr. France A. Tagoe, the Effutu Municipal
Chief Executive, expressed his appreciation to the NGO and promised that he
would deploy some technical advisors to ensure that the beneficiaries had
sustainable incomes.

GNA

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