Green entrepreneurs

Cerath | Ghana

Green entrepreneurs

Why

The economic potential of the industrial town of Sekondi-Takoradi and its surrounding districts like Ahanta West Municipality lies in the existing infrastructure and human capacity. The metropolis is one of the most industrialized in the country with a booming oil industry. However, youth and women rarely benefit from the opportunities, because they lack the requested employability or entrepreneurial skills. This has led to increased unemployment and persistent incidences of the youths migrating through the Sahara Desert to European countries for greener pastures.

Lives to be improved

Cerath will train and support 500 youths, women and returnee migrants on green entrepreneurship and employability. Within 6 months post-training they will have sustainable jobs or create self-employment.

The number of beneficiaries targeted are 500. Post-training 300 will have access to internship opportunities and on-the job training, and around  45% of the 300 will have sustainable jobs or create self-employment in the green sector.

What’s more, green young professionals will support sustainable and climate-resilient local economies, will contribute to the development in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and addresses the root causes of irregular migration.

Budget

Cerath will use the donations for:

  • Allowances to cover the trainees’ basic needs during training, internships and on-the-job coaching to prevent dropout.
  • Learning tours, workshops and networking activities for beneficiaries.
  • Establishing a green fund (called “EGSOP-Fund”) for the 10 winners among trainees who will pitch their green business plan. The winners will receive part of the fund as a starting capital, as especially green entrepreneurs lack grant opportunities.

This requires a budget of GHS 50,000 (or €7,209).

The training on employability and entrepreneurship to 500 youths, women and/or returnee migrants in the Ahanta West Municipality and the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis is sponsored by the European Union through the SNV Netherlands in Ghana. The training adopts a participatory and experiential approach which stimulates commitment and active participation of trainees. Besides, trainees are also linked to internships and job placement, or receive support in developing self-employment opportunities. The project was designed to be demand-driven incorporating the specific needs of the beneficiaries.

Who we are

Past results

Cerath improved 1,200 women and their families’ lives since 2018.

How it improves their lives? In a project called Power to the Fishers the women’s income increased with the increase of productivity; because of better smoking techniques more fish was well-conserved. Simultaneously the women’s health improved by the climate-friendly ovens (i.e. less smoke) and because they increasingly adapt social protection services that are locally available, due to information by Cerath.

Cost effectiveness: €600 per woman (including overhead costs).

Team

CERATH works with development professionals from diverse backgrounds to develop well-tailored interventions. CDO’s staff have extensive experience on projects related to entrepreneurial training, capacity building and access to employment. For example, in the Power to the Fishers project, Cerath trained and coached young entrepreneurs in the fishery value chain. 

As a grassroots organization, we have experience in the mobilization of target beneficiaries. Also, our experience and activities in the target districts have helped us to build tenacious relationships with local actors and stakeholders in the targeted district. The project team leverages on these partnerships during project implementation and also ensure active participation towards achieving a project’s effectiveness and the sustainability.

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CERATH Development Organisation is well known for their impact for rural and urban poor in the fisheries sector and agricultural value chain of Ghana. Cerath also implements projects on renewable energy, inclusive finance and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Testimonials

  • Nanor Tamatey, Agona Nkwanta

    I returned from Libya last year to begin a new journey of my life back in my home country, Ghana. Through the Green Entrepreneurs project, I am very confident to start my Green business and accelerate it to the next level. I thank CERATH Development Organization for this great initiative.

     

  • Justina Oduro, Beahuo, Western Region, Ghana

    I have been unemployed for the past two years after my tertiary education. CERATH Green Entrepreneurs Project has equipped me with the needed capacity to write formal and standard CVs and i am also well prepared for any interview in the Green sector. Through the Green Project, I have the opportunity to do internship with a solar installation company in Beahuo in the Ahanta West Municipality. Their commitment and dedication towards improving the socio-economic livelihoods of the youth, women and returnee migrants is very commendable.

     

  • Richard Yeaboh, iMPACT direct

    Cerath’s cause in uplifting the lives of the voiceless is noble and commendable. I have been engaged with them since their inception and I have seen their commitment, dedication and growth, creating real impact in the communities they work.

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