Social Enterprise Ghana, through its ‘Green Champion and Green Invest’ project, has awarded start-up kits to15 young women with disabilities after they had successfully undergone training in snail and mushroom farming.
The 15 form part of an initial 131 women with disability who benefitted from the snail and mushroom training by Social Enterprise Ghana, a non-profit organisation seeking to build a stronger social enterprise ecosystem.
The startup kits included various mushroom crops, knapsack-sprayers and shovels, and are aimed at helping the beneficiaries start their own business.
Edwin Zu-Cudjoe, Executive Director-Social Enterprise Ghana – explaining how the 15 were chosen, said his outfit took into consideration the recipients’ level of vulnerability.
“As part of our corporate social responsibilities, we decided to take upon ourselves this workshop to help the disabled create something for themselves; and to help reduce the dependency ratio in the country when it comes to persons with disabilities (PWDs),” he said.
KGL Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors, also awarded the 15 women with certificates of participation.
Addressing the gathering, Priscilla Oppong Da-Costa – a representative of KGL Foundation, reiterated her outfit’s commitment to youth development and empowerment, saying it teaches important life values such as teamwork, sacrifice, dexterity and commitment.
Violette Dartey, a former seamstress and a person with disability, in an interview encouraged fellow disabled persons to come out and involve themselves when such opportunities are made available.
Other sponsors of the programme included Global Affairs Canada and World University Services of Canada.