Twenty-five (25) beneficiaries of the Ghana Employment and Social Protection Programme (GESPP) in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis on Monday, August 1, 2022 received industrial equipment from the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly to start-up their businesses.
Madam Constance Baiden, the Metro Director of Social Welfare Department said that the programme is an European Union (EU) initiative which seeks to promote social inclusion and provide sustainable employment to the vulnerable in the society.
Adding that, the programme is being implemented in three regions, that is the Northern, Ashanti and Western Regions. She further said, Northern and Ashanti regions had 16 beneficiaries whereas Western was privileged to train twenty-five (25) beneficiaries with four (4) of them being physically challenged.
The beneficiaries were taken through three (3) months training in soap making, graphic designing, leather works, consumer electronics, sewing, snail raring, solar and biodigester construction. Some of the items presented to the beneficiaries were industrial sewing machines, filling bonnets and digital television.
These materials are to aid the beneficiaries in their field of profession they were trained to startup their businesses.
Patrick Mensah, a beneficiary and one of the physically challenged persons who was trained in leather works said he is happy he was able to take part of the training and the materials he has received will make him more productive.
“I am already into leather works and I produce leather shoes but I was not getting enough materials for my production but now that I have the materials, I can produce more shoes and gain profit, he said.”
Amanda Cobbinah, also a beneficiary said that she is going to make good use of the materials she has received to prevent herself from engaging in any social vices.
“Because of poverty and unemployment,
most girls of my age end up sleeping with men for money so, I am glad I took part in this programme. Now that I have a sewing machine, I will be able to provide for myself, she said.”