Friends of the Nation; a socio-economic and environmental advocacy NGO in the western part of Ghana, with support from its partners have trained some women in the Shama district in pastries making. They were also provided equipment they will need to commence business immediately.
This livelihood empowerment project is part of measures FON and its partners have rolled out in the COVID-19 pandemic times to mitigate the economic effect of the virus on persons in coastal communities of Ghana.
The trainees, five in number, were unemployed women aged between 20 and 30 years drawn from the coastal communities of Abuesi, Anlo Beach, Shama, and Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District. They went through five days of intensive training in cake making, bread of different varieties, assorted biscuits, meat and fish pies, among others.
At their short passing out ceremony held at the Shama District Assembly, the trainees expressed their sincerest gratitude to the funders and initiators of the empowerment program.
“I am the third of 8 children. I am 27 years and since my education came to an end in 2016 after junior high school, I have been depending on my grandmother for food and to care for my son. I have been through the extreme periods of my life where food for the day becomes a warfare. But today, grace has found me through FON. I cannot express my appreciation to Friends of the Nation for giving me skills and resourcing me to commence business immediately. I can only say God bless them and their supporters.”
Others with similar education and economic background in one accord expressed gratitude and assured funders of scaling up their operations to benefit others in their respective communities.