Plan international Ghana in partnership with with the Australian high commission Ghana has supported eight young females finalists of the Female -Led Agribusiness Project with the needed resources to improve their businesses.
The project, funded by the Australian High Commission Ghana with $50,750 equivalent to GHC220,102.00 and with support from plan international Ghana through its Alumni network with GHC66,128.00, the female-lead agribusiness project(FLAP) is aimed at empowering young females between the ages of 25 and 34 in the upper west region with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills as well as resources and network to improve and scale up their business ventures.
Speaking at the closure meeting of building the female-lead agribusiness project(FLAP), Ms. Harriet Elorm Setsoafia, the Project lead said the project is targeted at agribusinesses in Wa led by young females and out of 20 shortlisted agribusinesses, 8 businesses were selected to participate in the project implementation.
She adds “the project was in three folds that’s resource support, skills training and networking which is the mentorship”
Meanwhile, Northern Sector Manager of plan international Ghana, Mr Eric Ayaba, in a speech says, plan international Ghana focuses on supporting females into small scale agribusiness that has the potential to grow but do not have the necessary support.
Ayaba seized the opportunity and appealed to government to consider putting in much attention in building the capacity of young female entrepreneurs especially those into the agribusiness sector that will help contribute to the development of the country.
He however, thank the mentors that help in mentoring the ladies.
On her part, Harriet Williams, Representative from the Australian High Commission Ghana expressed her gratitude over FLAP’s effort in building the capacity of eight (8) young female agribusiness owners to improve and scale up their businesses and also equipping them with entrepreneurial skills in marketing, branding and packaging and networking opportunities as well as providing them with resource equipment to enhance their efficiency.
She states that “globally, women make up 43% of the agricultural labor force, yet all around the world including Ghana, woman face significant discrimination when it comes to land and livestock ownership, participation in decision making, access to farm inputs, credit and financial services among others.”
Ms. Harriet commended the eight participants and urged them to make use of the knowledge, skills and networks they have acquired to grow their business.
Doris Siibu, a beneficiary of the project, on behalf of her colleagues beneficiaries, thanked plan international Ghana and the Australian High Commission Ghana for their support as the project has at least helped achieved the dreams of their businesses.
Some of the items the participants received were, 5 tricycles, 3 laptops, 3 motorbikes, packaging containers, raw shea butter, 20 fertilizers, an electric cattle, 1 chess deepfreezer, 1 ph meter, 2 container shops, 1 cabinet, 3 mixers, 1 nasal sprayer, and 25 bee hides.
The beneficiaries include, Doris Siibu of resource farms, Bangniyel Wulimiga of Miga organics, Mabruka of influx and spill products, Patricia of poyaare naturals, Caroline of Royal-Arielle honey, Eunice of inspired legacy, Luci of sung punkin and Olivia of Kona-ok farms.
By: Moomin Nakiba