‘Women skill training must be backed with funds’

Women skill training providers must provide loans as a launch pad for smooth career and business take off, Mrs Selina Avevor, Chairperson, Kpobiman Women’s Association, has said.

According to her, most women acquire the skills alright but due to their inability to access funds, they are forced back into the cycle of poverty they dreamt of escaping.

Mrs Avevor, who made the call in an interview with Ghana News Agency at Knobiman in the Greater Accra Region, commended ActionAid Ghana for adopting the Ga West Municipality to pilot its Young Urban Women Project.

“Financial empowerment is crucial to the emancipation of the woman,” she said.

Action Aid Ghana is partnering the Ark Foundation, Ghana to implement the project which is sponsored by the Norwegian Development Agency.

The two and a half year project seeks to mobilise and empower 2000 young women from 15-25 years in poor urban and peri-urban areas in Ghana.

It is formulated on four thematic areas which are Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Decent Work and Livelihood Choices, Violence against Women and Unpaid Care Work (household chores).

She said such beneficiaries could be encouraged to join credible and viable women groups or co-operatives or be guided to form their own groups to access loans and other forms of credit.

“Group lending and borrowing, peer monitoring and expert guidance would ensure that opportunities given them are fully taken advantage of to bring about some comfort in their lives.”

She said: “Making women the focus of micro finance will ultimately result in national poverty alleviation since their prosperity always have a direct positive consequence on the whole family.”

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