Women from disadvantaged backgrounds are society’s most vulnerable. Some of them lack education because no one was willing to fund their education. They are often used by families to help in the upkeep of the house with no future prospects. The children are at risk of being left with relatives, or in orphanages, or destitute due to illness, death, or poverty.
Through income generation and peer education, we give relief by helping to establish the mother of these children in a trade they are comfortable with, mostly selling and engage them in training, so they are able to cater for their children. We help the women to break the poverty cycle and become independent. Their dignity and self-confidence are then restored.
How the program works?
We will identify a woman at-risk and help her start up a micro-business. We will provide training in areas of book-keeping, business ethics, and savings plan once the business has taken off. We monitor the progress of the business till we are assured the woman can cope. Through this process, she is encouraged as a Peer Educator or Advocate for Change, and she is then able to encourage other women and share her experiences.
Using peer education as a model for long term social change, we help the women to develop and inspire others. Their way of living gradually changes and their knowledge is passed on to educate others. They understand the importance of education and are able to send their children to school. This benefits the children by giving them self-respect and self-worth. We continue visiting them and once we have established that they are independent, we are then able to use our resources to engage with other families.
Irene – Director of Sovereign House GH
Mansa, an orphan herself was brought from the village to serve ‘her madam’ in the production of kenkey (a local food in Ghana made with corn) making business. The kenkey is sold with fried fish, hot pepper sauce or salsa sauce.
She had no formal education.
Her desire is to be able to feed and provide for her children. Sovereign House Gh gave her a start-up capital to start her own kenkey business. She says her dignity and self-respect has been restored.
Akowa was presented with a start-up capital to start a ‘provisions’ and sachet water shop. This will enable her stay closer to home and take care of Alberta.
Helen lost her business and daughter to Lupus. We helped with a capital boost to her business.
“I’m now running my own business and I’m an advocate for change”
“I was helped to start my beauty business. My confidence has grown and I’ve come out of my shell “