for Self Reliance: Empowering
Artisans for Self-Sustainable Community Livelihoods
aim of this project is to assist in the alleviation of poverty of young
people in four of the most deprived rural farming communities in the
Upper East and Northern region of Ghana by providing them with
essential vocational and life skills needed for creating long term and
sustainable livelihoods that will mitigate against the effects of
climate change and its effects on agriculture.
partnership with long term partner TRAX Ghana, Tools for Self Reliance
proposes to provide a holistic package of support involving the
vocational training of thirty six young people in various trades
including blacksmithing, tailoring, carpentry, auto mechanics, shoe
repair, bicycle repair, construction and appliance repair. This will be
complemented by sending thirty-six toolkits to provide the newly
trained youths with the equipment that they need to sustain them in
their new trades. Tools for Self Reliance tries to support a range of
skills in an effort to promote vocational and income diversification
and to ensure that the local market does not become saturated with one
skill. In addition to receiving tools and training in their use, care
and refurbishment, participants will also receive training in essential
micro-entrepreneurial skills such as book-keeping, marketing, more
efficient craftsmanship methods and, where necessary, basic literacy
and numeracy over a one year period.
their training is completed, each participant will be assigned at least
two disadvantaged youths who will serve as apprentices under the
stewardship of the original project participant. In this way, the
skills training is replicated and passed down to the next generation –
perpetuating a positive cycle of wealth creation. This coupled with the
provision of tools ensures long-term sustainability of this project.
Report Sep-Nov 2011
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like a printed copy of the full proposals, please phone or email Halcyon Leonard
(452783) or Clive Rodgers