The Techiman North District Assembly, in collaboration with the Business Advisory Centre (BAC), organised a five-day training workshop in soap making for 54 women in the district.
The workshop, which is the first-ever training session held in the district under the Business Advisory Centre, was funded by the District Assembly from the Common Fund.
Apart from soap making, the participants were also taken through proper packaging methods to ensure their products compete favourably with established brands on the market.
The head of the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) for Techiman Municipality, Mr. Abraham Kabota, said the objective was to alleviate poverty at the grassroots, especially among women.
He said: “Equipping women with vocational skills can revive economic activities in the district, since they formed the core of small-scale businesses.”
Mr. Kabota called on the trainees “to grab the opportunity to set up their own businesses, as it is a means of enhancing their livelihoods, as well as create jobs for others.”
He said the BAC office is always ready to assist and provide support to trainees on how to write small business plans that will help them secure assistance from financial institutions to aid their soap-making businesses.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Mr. Peter Mensah, said he was impressed at the enthusiasm of the trainees and smooth coordination of the session.
He added that the workshop was instituted to empower the participants to be self-reliant and urged them to ensure prudent management of their finances as they begin their own businesses.
He said his priority is empowering women to be economically independent and urged women in the district to take advantage of such opportunities to improve their lot.
According to the DCE, the assembly is seeking a credit facility that would grant flexible loans to the trained women to be able start their own enterprises, which will in turn provide jobs for other unemployed youth in the District.
He said the Assembly will continue to organise community-based workshops in the various fields for residents, especially women, because “women play a significant role in the homes and so if you educate or train a woman, she’ll turn back to support her husband, children and the community at large.”