Mantukwa women benefit from bakery facility
By: Michael Boateng
To empower women to be self-reliant in their communities, the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) branch of the Student In Life Enterprise (SIFE) has constructed a GH¢2,400 bakery facility at Mantukwa in the Sunyani West District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The facility is to provide skills training to 14 women in the community to enhance their livelihoods as a measure to eradicate poverty.
Inaugurating the bakery facility, the Local SIFE president, Nana Akoto, said the facility was among projects earmarked to be undertaken in the community.
|He said SIFE was an NGO and a higher educational network with programmes in over 40 countries including Ghana, with branches in more than 1,500 campuses, and 42,000 participating students.
According to Nana Akoto, as part of SIFE’s outreach programmes in needy communities for 2011/2012, the CUCG branch had launched a programme dubbed Mantukwa Community Empowerment Programme (MANCEP).
He explained that MANCEP was an integrated programme consisting of three projects; Mantukwa community computer education center, Mantukwa community bakery, and Mantukwa community woodlots.
The local SIFE president said the overall objective of the programme was to empower the people of Mantukwa, especially school children and women, with relevant knowledge and income generation skills to transform their lives.
Apart from the bakery facility, SIFE presented start-up items comprising margarine, sugar, bakery pans and flour to the 14 women.
Receiving the items on behalf of the beneficiaries, Patrick Adu Boahen thanked the Enterprise for helping to alleviate the plight of women in the area.
Mrs. Agnes Korang, patron of SIFE, advised the women to learn baking and also pass the knowledge they would acquire to others to assist in poverty reduction.
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