MTN Heroes of Change nominee empowers 20 kayayei in Vittin village, Tamale


MTN Heroes of Change Season 6 TV series will showcase Rhoda Wedam in its 4th episode this weekend. A development worker by profession, Rhoda has played an instrumental role in providing skills training and economic empowerment opportunities to young girls in the Vittin village in Tamale through the Song-BA Empowerment Centre.

At the onset of the pandemic, she mobilised resources and trained 20 kayayei (head porters) in dress making, smock weaving, nose mask production, among others. Commenting on her project, Rhoda said: “During the peak of COVID-19, young ladies were rescued from Kayaye, forced marriages, and the streets in general. Now, they have been empowered with vocational skills to enhance their livelihood and to give them a reason not to go back into Kayaye.”

“Most of these ladies came with nothing, but now they have enough to even save. It is a great joy always seeing them do well. I feel fulfilled,” she added.

Freedom Ephrim Brace, who nominated Rhoda, said: “Through the initiative, vulnerable girls within the community have been saved from the streets and empowered with employable skills. She is making a great impact and bringing change to the community of Vittin and Tamale at large”.

MTN Ghana Foundation

The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus – Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From its inception to date, the foundation has undertaken 158 major projects across the country. This includes 87 education projects, 53 health care projects, 13 economic empowerment project and 4 community support initiatives.

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