Opportunity International Savings and Loans Company has trained 54 head porters in entrepreneurship and personal life planning skills.
The one-week training is the second under the company’s flagship, Youth Development Programme, and is aimed at empowering girls with alternative livelihood skills in order to earn income for their own development.
The girls were also sensitised to sexual and reproductive healthcare including savings, budgeting, menstrual hygiene, domestic violence, planned parenthood and victim support services.
The head porters also known as ‘Kayayei’, were given start-up kits for beads making, soap and bakery for the girls at a graduation ceremony.
The beneficiaries were selected mainly from Darkuman and Agbogbloshie Kokomba yam markets in Accra Central.
Presenting the items to the girls, Acting Head of Transformation, Christie Love Koufie said the training seeks to enable young adults to be independent and economically active.
She encouraged the girls to use their acquired skills to better their lives and that of their families.
According to her, the girls are usually exposed to hardships and are left at the mercy of men who rape them, leaving them to thrive for themselves.
“The girls are engaged in carrying loads, work as assistants at chop bars and serve as home cleaners.
“The often struggle to have shelter and this exacerbates the challenges that confront them”, she added.
The programme identified vulnerable girls who had relocated from the various places especially from the Northern part of the country to the South to seek greener pastures.
The programme was funded by The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust through Opportunity International UK.
Opportunity International delivers this program as part of its holistic global strategy of financial strategy which targets such vulnerable groups.
The company serves about 570,000 depositors with loans, deposit products and other services across 10 out of the 16 regions of the country.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com