The Social Enterprise Ghana has organised a five-day green entrepreneurship programme training session for women with disabilities in Accra.
The exercise is part of its Green Champions Project.
Over 30 women from different backgrounds benefited from the gesture.
Some of the participants are already in various farming activities and others had no background in farming.
The training educated disabled women on the types of snails and mushrooms available on the market, how to add value to them, how to farm them and how to make a business out of them.
However, they were not only trained in how to farm but also as trainers in order to teach others.
The Facilitator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qet Organic Farming and Consult, Emmanuel Twene, in an interview revealed that Social Enterprise Ghana and its partners after the programme will be giving start-up kits to the trainees for them to start their own farms.
This will include the snails or mushrooms, feed, compost bags, technical support and every other necessary tool.
The Project Director, Eric Adomako also explained that women are naturally vulnerable in society – and therefore are more vulnerable when disabled.
“Even though we see both disabled men and women in society, women are more vulnerable…and even worse when disabled. They are easily taken advantage of,” he said.
He also added that Social Enterprise Ghana’s motivation is reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and seeing people uplift themselves from poverty.
Mr Adomako also indicated that the training is not his first project, having also in the past worked with refugees and young able-bodied men and women who are mostly unemployed.
“The idea is to give them skills and livelihoods so they can go out there and be productive, and also be able to do something for themselves and not always be dependent on people,” he added.
The Executive Director of Social Enterprise Ghana, Edwin Zu-Cudjoe also took the opportunity to thank sponsors like the KGL Foundation, Global Affairs Canada and World University Services of Canada.
Lisabeth Salifu, one of the disabled women being trained, also took the opportunity in an interview to encourage people with disabilities to engage themselves with such training in order to be empowered and productive.
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