Quarterly Update: Obrapa Women’s Group
The Obrapa Women’s Group had its humble beginnings in September 2016, when Asia Clarke, a women’s entrepreneur mentor, began facilitating jewelry making workshops. Since then, with the help of social support worker, Sunshine Maanua, the program has developed into a very interesting and sustainable one, providing many other specialized vocational workshop opportunities like soap making, kente weaving, and makeup artistry, to over 50 women in the Greater Accra area.
To facilitate specialized workshops to improve the overall well-being, inspire the self-sufficiency capacity of and increase the knowledge of entrepreneurship development of marginalized women in Ghana.
Additionally, to provide specific vocational skills training in product production, cultural excursions and personal development workshops, the Obrapa Women’s Group Empowerment Program aims to offer complete support to the most vulnerable women in the Greater Accra area.
|50+ women have been trained in Women’s Personal Development, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Concepts from Sept 2016 to June 2018.||Select members have officially launched their jewelry collection “BIAKOYE” at Tea Baa in Osu, Accra with patronage from 100+ customer reach.||Through the sale of their jewelry pieces, 15+ women have been financially empowered since 2016, and this number continues to grow!|
Obrapa has helped me by ensuring me the quality vocational skills. I feel supported by sustained quality program delivery and it has benefits to build my confidence in skilled training too!
– Esther Hiamey,
Obrapa Women’s Group Member in Accra, Ghana.
OBSTACLES & SOLUTIONS
- At the beginning of the Women’s Empowerment Program, there were challenges to the dedication of the women to create new product developments and to take initiative for jewelry selling on their own.
– Our solution was to make connections to jewelry sales and networking opportunities at events such as British Council Fashion Forum, International Volunteer Day, and the Biakoye line product launch at Tea Baa.
- There were barriers of access to the program because of funds needed by women to travel to the program location.
– We solved this by moving the program into the Agbobloshie community and bringing teachers/ facilitators directly to the women.
– Women were able to earn money through the Biakoye collection by use of a pay per piece labour model.
- Some women were not interested in or particularly skilled at jewelry product development and training.
– We addressed this issue by offering a wider variety of vocational training options which were chosen and driven by Obrapa Women’s Group beneficiaries themselves.