Officials of the European Union funded Project; No Business as Usual (NBU) on Saturday 17th July 2021 handed over a collosal number of start-up tool kits to the last batch of trainees.
The items were;
26 industrial sewing machines
2 Flatlock machines
2 Overlock machines
2 sets of photography tools (Tripod stand, soft box, flash)
13 pieces of hairdressing sets (sink, hair dryer)
15 ovens and 16 mixers and
22 makeup sets – 6 make-up box (filled with makeup products and gele) and 22 ring lights.
Recipients were 75 youth of Asokore Mampong who underwent 6 months intensive training this year 2021 in core and hard skills under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability Program (YEEP) of the project.
YEEP equipped them with skills to start their own businesses in areas like bead making, photography, make-up, fashion, shoe making, etc.
Presentation of the items was done at Aboabo No. 1 of the Asokore Mampong Municipality in Ashanti region.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Acting Municipal Chief Executive Officer for Asokore Mampong Hon Alhaji Alidu Seidu, National Director for SOS Children’s Villages-Ghana Mr.Alexander Mar Kekula, Chief for Aboabo Alhaji Sule Musah, Ashanti Regional Director for SOS Children’s Villages Mr. Bernard Amoako, Assembly members within the municipality, CSOs among others.
Speaking at the occasion, MCE Hon Alidu Seidu said he was much elated by the presentation, describing it as a fulfilment of one of his vision for youth within the Municipality.
He said when he first took office as the MCE, one of his thoughts was to make sure residents especially youth were provided with livelihood alternatives.
He expressed that the project has been very impactful since its implementation.
Hon Alidu gave credence to the number of capacity building workshops organised under the project for staff of the assembly and CSOs, youth training events, community engagement programs and other social accountability programs.
He announced that youth who were enrolled onto the project and have passed out are now in competition with other companies because they were trained on how to come out with good products and services.
Regional Director for SOS Children’s Villages Mr. Benard Amoako commended recipients of the items for exhibiting so much seriousness and determination during the training.
He charged them to put the tools to proper use.
“I urge you to attach the same seriousness you exhibited during the training in your business as well”.
Below is copy of the statement of the Project Coordinator Roberta Aryetey;
“When the No Business as Usual was launched in February 2017, the project had 2 main objectives for the people of Asokore Mampong Municipal which were:
1. Provide Employability and Entrepreneurship training for 500 youth in AMMA for 4 years
2. Enhance capacity of AMMA to collaborate with CSOs and Private Sector to mobilize revenues for local development and accountability to citizens.
The project targeted all categories of youth within the ages of 18-35 which we referred to as Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Alpha is made up of youth with little or no education with special cohorts of Kayaye and Persons with Disability, Beta of SHS graduates and Gamma, tertiary graduates.
Four years, down the line, these objectives have not changed and the project keeps working hard towards these objectives. I’m happy to share the following with you as some of the major milestones and successes the project has chalked:
1. Over 600 youth have gone through this training with 585 being successful. Soft skills training, which we referred to as Core Life Skills, employability and also entrepreneurship training.
2. Out of this number trained, 93 youth had the chance to undergo internships with various organizations in Kumasi and beyond, with 200 youth currently employed in both public and private institutions across the country.
3. Currently, there are about 200 start-ups including those to receive their tools today and out of these, 138 start-ups businesses are registered. It is worth noting that, some of these start-ups nurtured over the years have also began to employ and train other young people in the Municipality.
4. 194 youth have had the chance to acquire skills training in areas such as fashion and design, makeup and hairdressing, graphic design, phone and computer repairs, photography, among many others. Currently, 22 Kayayes are undergoing training in make-up to complete in July.
5. Over 10000 youth have benefitted from the regular business networking events organized by the hub, and in recent times Senior High School students both within and outside the Municipality have benefitted from a drug abuse drive aimed at helping students to shun from that practice.
6. The municipality has also benefited from a number of physical projects including:
• 1 Mechanized Borehole at New Zongo
• Renovation of 3 Unit Classroom block at Akurem
• 1 No. 30 seater WC facility with bathroom at New Zongo
• 1 No. 6 Unit store and 20 seater WC facility at Aboabo
• Ongoing construction of a Footbridge at Sawaba to prevent flooding.
7. The capacity of AMMA staff, CSOs and Assembly members have also been built with the various trainings been constantly held for them. Some of these trainings include, social accountability tools, budget tracking, proposal and grant writing, alternative dispute resolution, among many others.
8. Social accountability has been enhanced in the 15 communities in this Municipality owing to the town hall meetings held before and after the election of Assembly members to give voice to the citizens.
• It is no surprise therefore that with all this work, SOS was awarded with the Social Impact of the Year in Dec. 2020 by the Management Excellence Foundation Ghana, for the impact this project has made Asokore Mampong. Beating organizations such as Built Environmental, Zoomlion Ghana, Accra Street Academy and MTN Ghana to pick up this award.
• It is also a pleasure to announce that beneficiaries of the project have come together to form an alumni association with its focus to give back to the society by giving trainings in various forms to the younger generation.
This handing over ceremony today is a third of its kind to provide further support to the youth to ensure the set-up and sustainability of these startups…”