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Skills Training for Teen Mums

10 teenage mothers are trained in Fashion Design & Dressmaking or Bread & Pastry Making in Bouya, Effiduase and Asokore. After two years of internship the trainees obtained employment or started their own business, lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.
  • Local solution

    Training in Fashion Design & Dressmaking or Bread & Pastry Making for teenage mothers, who could not complete or further their education and expressed their interest in the topics. The training involves an internship at Eunice Adusei Enterprise, a fashion designing and dressmaking company. In this way the girls learn professional skills by doing. After 24 months, the trainees can choose to work with the company or to start their own business.

    School closings in 2020 – due to COVID – and alarming youth unemployment rates in Ghana, leaves especially young females living below poverty line in an even more vulnerable position. The situation attributed to a rise of pregnancies among 10-to-19-year-old girls. In the Ashanti Region 17,802 teen pregnancies were reported.

    Whereas the informal sector is the major employee of working youth, there is no specific training centre or curriculum for that. Therefor the project wants to offer this in partnership with Eunice Adusei Enterprise.

    Lives improved

    10 teenage mothers (aged 15-20 years) will gain professional, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

    After completion of the 24-months Workplace Experience Learning programme they are offered a job. This will enable them to earn immediate income until they can start their own businesses. Economic independence for young women is vital for their own health and wellbeing, as it is for their children.

    Community impact

    In two years’ time the trainees obtained employment or started their own business. That means that their family members benefit from an increased income to overcome poverty and thus for the provision of basic household consumption needs.

    Longer-term, successful businesses will recruit new employees.

    Budget

    The budget for the following activities is GHs 37,000 (or €5,284). The donation will be used to:

    • School fees and related costs for the 10 girls to be in training for 12 months (around €2000).
    • 10 sewing machines and their maintenance (around €3000).
    • 5% to iMPACT direct for facilitating direct donations to local solutions (which helps to cover costs of the website, promotion and proposal writing, costs if financial services and the support to NGOs).

    Own contributions:

    • Pinasol will also contribute GHs 28,000 (or €4000) for training the young ladies in Bread & Pastry Making, to purchase flour and other ingredients, and for the payment of the trainees’ stipends.
    • The trainees’ children will be registered under the Pinasol Child and Family Sponsorship programme to receive support to enable the mothers to learn their occupation.
    • The trainees’ parents or guardians agreed and will sign consent to continuously support the girls with in-kind support like food, child care etc so they can concentrate on their education.
    • Furthermore, Pinasol has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eunice Adusei Enterprise to train the youth in fashion designing.

     

    *See picture of the CEO of Eunice Adusei Enterprise below on the far right.

  • Local solution realised

    10 teen mums trained in Fashion Design & Dressmaking or Bread & Pastry Making. These are teenage mothers, who could not complete or further their education and expressed their interest in the topics. The training involved an internship at Eunice Adusei Enterprise, a fashion designing and dressmaking company. In this way the girls learn professional skills by doing. After 24 months, the trainees can choose to work with the company or to start their own business.

    School closings in 2020 – due to COVID – and alarming youth unemployment rates in Ghana, leaves especially young females living below poverty line in an even more vulnerable position. The situation attributed to a rise of pregnancies among 10-to-19-year-old girls. In the Ashanti Region 17,802 teen pregnancies were reported.

    Whereas the informal sector is the major employee of working youth, there is no specific training centre or curriculum for that. Therefor the project wants to offer this in partnership with Eunice Adusei Enterprise.

    Lives improved

    10 teenage mothers (aged 15-20 years) gain professional, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

    After completion of the 24-months Workplace Experience Learning programme they are offered a job. This will enable them to earn immediate income until they can start their own businesses. Economic independence for young women is vital for their own health and wellbeing, as it is for their children.

    An additional 20 youths trained in fashion and dressmaking, tiling, masonry, welding and fabrication, and auto mechanics repairs. This has been possible through the support of World vision Ghana partners.

    Community impact realised

    In two years’ time the trainees obtain employment or star their own business. That means that 50 family members benefit from an increased income to overcome poverty and thus for the provision of basic household consumption needs. An additional 100 family’s benefit from the extra 20 trainees.

    The district chief executive for the Sekyere East District applauded the partners of the project and has assured the project of their support. The community that the beneficiaries are coming from are happy and looking forward that the project be extended to many such people.

    Longer-term, successful businesses will recruit new employees.

    Budget

    We intended to rent a place for the teen mums who are far from the Effiduase Community but due to the high cost of rent and utilities, decided to enrol two other service providers who are closer to the beneficiaries to reduce the cost of travels and inconveniences to the beneficiaries.

    One industrial machine was acquired besides the 10 planned sewing machines to facilitate ample training.

    Follow up

    In two years’ time after the project started, the trainees will obtain employment or started their own business, lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.

    In addition, through iMPACT direct’s network we obtained a partnership with Mary Stopes Ghana, who can offer comprehensive sexual education, to also work on the prevention of teen pregnancies in the community.

    Video of the project in progress

Testimonials

  • My name is Mabel Abankwa from Effiduase. I drop out from senior high school at the age of 18 years when I became pregnant due to poverty in my family, I approached Pinasol Foundation for support and they enrolled me at Eunice Adusei Enterprise to learn dress making. I occasionally receive support from the company to assist me to buy breakfast and lunch. My daughter who is currently at the crèche also receives groceries for school which is a relieve to me. I hope this training will help me to have skills to start my own business in the future and support my family.

Project Details

  • Project
    Skills Training for Teen Mums
  • Campaign
    Finished
  • NGO
    Pinasol
  • Location
    Ghana
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • No Poverty, Quality Education
  • Start date
    March 1, 2022
  • End date
    February 28, 2022
  • Total amount raised
    € 5284
  • Lives improved
    30 persons
  • Community iMPACT
    150 people reached

Final Report

Pinasol

Since 2011, the PINASOL Foundation works on humanitarian relief, development and advocacy dedicated to children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, in the Sekyere East District, in the Ashanti Region in Ghana. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. In the past seven years, we have gained a unique experience of helping youth acquire employable skills and also helping women to accumulate wealth and practice better savings and banking culture.

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