AFRICA/GHANA - Archdiocese of Tamale encourages entrepreneurship among women in rural areas

Monday, 5 October 2020 local churches   women  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) – About 1000 women from the Kpandai district in northern Ghana are being supported as part of a project to improve their entrepreneurial skills, which is being carried out by the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale and sponsored by Misereor, the charitable organization of the German Bishops' Conference.
The project called PRICE -Promoting Resilience for Improved Income through Capacity Enhancement for Women - aims to ensure that women have better access to opportunities for economic autonomy and to help overcome gender inequality.
About 1,000 women benefit from the program and thus about 28,000 indirect beneficiaries.
The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Tamale, Mgr. Matthew Yitiereh, stressed that the project was in line with the efforts of the Catholic Church for human development to improve people's living conditions.
Access to financial services is very low for women as they often do not have the necessary guarantees to access loans from official financial institutions. In addition, inequality between men and women is very high in the region, while violence against women is widespread in families and communities
For this reason, about 15,000 community members will also be made aware of the need to promote gender equality as part of the PRICE project.
The first phase of the PRICE project, which was carried out in the region from 2018 to 2020, ensured better access to economic opportunities for about 250 vulnerable women.
Mgr. Yitiereh expressed confidence that the project would enable women to better use their resources for the benefit of all. Fr. Sebastian Zaato, director of the PRICE project, said the main aim of the program is to promote beneficiaries' financial literacy and their ability to implement sustainable business ideas, thereby helping to overcome inequality between men and women in traditional communities. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 5/10/2020)