General News of Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Thirty women in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region have received training in soap making as part of efforts to enable them secure quality livelihoods.
The participants were taken through a three-day soap making training which includes bathing soaps, liquid soap, washing soaps and other detergents needed in homes.
The effort was geared at assisting various categories of women including widows, single mothers and nursing mothers to acquire skills that would empower them to become economically viable.
Mr Solomon Atiigah, Programmes Manager for the PAS-G Station, said the support was part of the company’s responsibility to impart skills in the women in order to reduce poverty in the area.
He said the programme was part of the climate change adaptation measures to reduce poverty and promote quality livelihoods among the people.
Mr Atiigah said the effect of climate change was glaring because it has affected the weather hence the poor rain patterns.
“Many of the people who are farmers do not harvest good yields from their farms and this training would equip the women with skills to produce soaps to sell and support their families”.
Mr Atiigah said the programme which is funded by OXFAM is supporting the beneficiary communities with manufacturing tools to enable them produce enough for both commercial and private consumption.
He urged the women to form associations and groups and establish good relationships with banks in order to qualify for loans to expand their businesses.
Madam Faustina Abugri and Madam Teni Anesi both participants, commended OXFAM and PAS-G for empowering them adding that the training would help them to provide quality education to their children.