The aim of this intervention is to build a Centre where annually 50 – 100 unskilled, economically, socially marginalized, unemployed women and girls will receive life skills development as sustainable Poverty Graduation Program and Early Child Care will be provided especially to vulnerable children. Activities to be conducted in the centre will include development and management of small enterprises, financial literacy, trainings in best agricultural practices, catering and events management, book keeping, mentorship and advancement of micro-grants that will ensure a livelihood for them so that they can support their families. The center will also conduct seminars, counseling, and conferences for women and youths supporting the spiritual growth of beneficiaries through an integral development of the whole person. This project represents the first effort to address the lack of skills, unemployment and poverty in our communities in a strategic, integrated and scalable way.

Project brief Summary:
The project consists in a two-year Poverty Graduation Program called Local Entreprenuership Access Program (LEAP) for poor girls and women in Ikenanzizi, Imo State. Rosita, a young woman of 21 years old, a school drop-out met James and they got married. James went to primary school but his parent’s poverty denied him the opportunity to a secondary education. Both of them are petty farmers and have already two children who like many of other children in Ikenanzizi are born into extreme poverty. They live in one room with their two children, Chidi and Chinedu with dreadful sanitary condition. Both Rosita and James are unskilled, unemployed, economically and socially isolated, lacking job, poor farming skills, and the capacity to start and manage small enterprises on their own. Their two children go without food some days. Rosita and her family are also beset by a number of health challenges caused by lack of sustainable income generation. Both of them have an extremely low income of $ 0.59 a day. Rosita is also a HIV positive patient. To empower these young people fight and break the bark of poverty, they need to be trained and to have a means of increasing their livelihood. Without this, they would be unable to have a real chance in life. Rosita is an example of the profiles of the girls and young women that we serve through our different program areas.

Project Plan:
How it Works/Method
SAID provides life and enterprise skills training, sustained local mentoring and seed capital grant through our Local Entrepreneur Access Project (LEAP), helping unskilled poor women and youths to start small, locally relevant enterprises in order to have a chance in life. LEAP empowers these poor girls and women by helping them establish consistent sources of livelihood. SAID targets the poorest members of the communities in which we work often those with the most limited livelihood options. We identify and enroll these women and youths in the Poverty Graduation Program. It is referred to as “graduation” program because of its focus on targeting the poorest households in community and giving them the support, training needed to graduate out of extreme poverty, and into a state where they have improved incomes and are less vulnerable. It provides two years of training and mentoring, so that the beneficiary can start and sustain small business enterprises.

SAID identifies people like Rosita and James mentioned earlier, informs them about our Poverty Graduation Program and if they are willing, enrolls them in a two- year program at our Poverty Graduation Centre for our LEAP. Rosita and James receive 8 months intensive training in skill and enterprise development /management, book keeping, financial literacy, event management, efficient farming methods, micro grants for establishment of own enterprise through our ongoing micro grant system called Credit Assistance Platform (CAP), mentorship is provided the second year during which they must have launched their own small enterprise.

Project’s Goal and Objectives:
Goal: The goal of the project is to establish a Centre and train poor and unskilled women and youths– as part of a poverty eradication project and job creation.

Objective #1 At the end of the first year, 85% of the girls and women would have acquired the skills that make them employable in the job market.

Objective #2 At the end of the second year, increased livelihood for 85% of the beneficiaries

Objective : # 3 At the end of the second year, 85% women beneficiaries are able to keep their children in school.

Measurement: Number of women and girls who have increased livelihood opportunities

TIMELINE: If things worked as planned, the building would have been completed by July and activities begin in the Center by August or September.

Would you like to support or partner with us? Please let us hear from you! We are posting also the sketch of the front elevation of the Center.

Jovita Keshi

SAID Community Engagement Coordinator