From day one we have been focused on supporting income generation for rural women.
This has included the economic impact of our purchases (see more in this recent media article) and direct training and support to assist with the development of alternative income generation opportunities.
This is often supplemented with the development of Women’s Enterprise Centres. Baraka engaged a local women’s development trainer and practitioner to work with women’s groups to train them on income generation activities. Women are trained in basic micro business strategy and economics.
They are then trained in various specific activities that will allow them to generate income, often by making products for sale into local market days. Products include soap, bowfruit (donut like product made with Shea Butter) and other products that sell well in local markets.
In partnership with Shea Butter Market over 40 local women in Tapko were trained and added to household income with the skills they developed. In Kperisi a recent project saw over 3,000 person hours of training for about 40 women