German development agency, GIZ in partnership with Ho Node hub have trained 50 women in Adaklu Kojobi and Have in basic Electronic Skills required to boost their ability to participate in today’s business environment.
The training which lasted for 10 days in all, introduced the women to Basic Record-keeping, using the calculator and an introduction to basic accounts keeping.
The women were also trained in the use of mobile money in the payment and receipt of funds and the use of social media to promote their businesses.
Until the training, a majority of the women whose ages ranged between 18 and 40 years were unable to operate smartphones and will normally hand their mobile phones to mobile money operators and share their passwords with the operators, exposing them to mobile money fraud.
The women expressed gratitude for the training, describing it as a “game changer” to their business activities.
One of the women in Adaklu Kodzobi, told the team in Ewe that she was thinking of how to expand her farm to raise more money to cater for her children. She described the training as “timely”.
Chief of Adaklu Kodzobi, Togbe Dzegbledze, was very enthused about the initiative. He said “this trainings are the things needed especially for our women who are mostly responsible for the upbringing of the children and need their finances to be sound not just for themselves but also for the sake of the children who depend on them for the basics”.
Togbe Agbeli of Adaklu Have corroborated Togbe Dzegbledze’s observation saying “we know that we the men mostly only pay the fees of our children and leave the rest of the expenses to their mothers so it is good that there is an opportunity to upgrade the skills of our women. This goes a long way to help our socialization and help in the alleviation of our people from poverty.
The program is designed to recruit ten, relatively younger women who are also trained to become teaching assistants to continue training the women even after the program.
In a show of appreciation, the women in both communities presented the trainers with farm produce including maize, cassava, plantain and gallons of liquid soap.