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Wa Municipality: Rotary Club empowers women with soap making skills

July 27, 2023

Some 30 women in three communities in the Municipality have received skills training on soap making to enable them to earn a livelihood and enhance their economic conditions.

The beneficiaries from Kperisi, Sing, and Biihe communities, including widows, young women, and school dropout girls, were also given start-up kits for businesses in those ventures after the training.

The initiative, under the “Empower Me” project by the Rotary Club of Wa and funded by the District Rotary Foundation grant, saw the women trained in liquid and soda soap (azuma blose) making.

Speaking during the training at Biihe, Mr. Jonathan Kwofie, the Service Project Director of the Rotary Club of Wa, said it was part of the Club's quest to impact the lives of vulnerable people in the communities. The Rotary Club's theme for the 2023/2024 Rotary year is “Creating Hope around the World,” and the skills training is one of the initiatives aimed at creating hope among the people in the communities.

Mr. Kwofie explained that the Club would seek funding support for women who show interest in sustaining their businesses to ensure their continuity and expansion.

Mr. Agambire Inusah Alhassan, the President of the Rotary Club of Wa, expressed happiness for the success of the training and thanked the District 9104 Grant Committee for approving the project and providing funds for implementation. He highlighted that this initiative aligns with one of the Club's focus areas, which is to grow local economies by creating opportunities for .

Madam Vivian Danuor, a facilitator of the training, emphasized the significance of soap as a household commodity used daily by everyone in society. Acquiring soap-making skills and producing and selling them can empower women economically.

Madam Danuor mentioned that they would closely monitor the activities of the women over time to ensure proper management of the start-up kits before providing any further support.

Madam Maria Johana Yuorpor, another facilitator, expressed hope that the women would make good use of the acquired skills for economic ventures, not just for personal use.

Some of the beneficiaries shared their gratitude to the Rotary Club of Wa for the initiative, which they believe will serve as a source of income and improve their lives. One beneficiary, Madam Sakina Zakaria, expressed excitement about learning soap making, stating that it will help her earn money to support her family's needs and her children's education.

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