One-hundred-and-twenty women have undergone a day’s conference on entrepreneurship and skills training at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, on Tuesday.
They had skills training in sewing, fabric designing and pattern making, aimed at empowering them to become self-reliant.
It was organised by ‘Wo Ye Bra’ Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the Infinity Global Empowerment, International Women of Color and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, all NGOs based in the United States.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times after the event, President of Wo Ye Bra, Rev. Dr Adrienne Booth Johnson, said the initiative was to train women to operate their own micro and small-scaled businesses and to keep girls in school.
The beneficiaries of the training (between the ages of 13 and 58), were provided with free sewing machines, fabrics and other supplies, and also received training in areas of marketing, sales, customer relations and financial literacy.
Dr Johnson said that the women were also given GH¢5,000 to start a business, to be able to carter for their families.
Vice-President for Wo Ye Bra Ghana, Mr Joseph Johnson, said this year’s edition formed part of the 5th anniversary of the NGO.
Formed in 2017, the NGO has so far trained and empowered at least 200 women, who have benefited from outreach projects in rural and urban areas.
He said that Wo Ye Bra will be embarking on a 12-day tour incorporating major service projects that the sorority first initiated in 2003.
This trip includes restoration of the Cape Coast Museum Children’s Library, which was damaged by a storm in 2020; restocking and updating the Z-HOPE Clinic at Afua Kobi Apem Girls School, Ashanti Region that was built by the Sorority Incorporated in 2011.
Director for International Women of Color, Dr Tycheal Culmer, said her outfit for the past seven years had supported communities in Ghana financially with the construction of boreholes, clinics and school projects.
She pledged International Women of Color’s readiness to assist organisations with funds to initiate projects in Communities.
BY LINUS SIAW NARTEY