AGRO PROCESSING TRAINING FOR WOMEN

My idea is to provide agro processing training and support services to rural and peri urban women within selected communities using simple technology to process and packaged agriculture products for the local and the international markets

About You

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Section 1: About You

First Name

TOKLO

Last Name

EMMANUEL

Website

Country

Ghana

Section 2: About Your Organization

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

Organization Name

Intent Ghana

Organization Phone

+233-0244-547350

Organization Address

IntEnt Ghana, P.O.BOX 118, ABOKOBI, ACCRA

Organization Country

Ghana

Is your organization a

Not registered

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your idea

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Name Your Project

AGRO PROCESSING TRAINING FOR WOMEN

Describe Your Idea

My idea is to provide agro processing training and support services to rural and peri urban women within selected communities using simple technology to process and packaged agriculture products for the local and the international markets

Country your work focuses on

Ghana

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Agro processing and packaging has been a challenge to most micro and small scale enterprises due to lack of appropriate technology to process and package these products with less cost. My idea is to create and use simple technology to process and package raw agriculture products that are readily available in the market with relatively cheaper cost of production. This technology should not cost more than 200 US Dollars to establish by an individual whether the person want to produce fruit drinks, juice, plain chips, oil extraction, milk or butter processing or ground paste making and packaging into plastic bottles. The uniqueness of this idea is that it is geared towards making an average women becoming entrepreneurial without capital as major challenge. The provision of business planning alongside the training would make these women attract the needed basic capital from the savings and loan companies. Obtaining loans for startup enterprises have been a challenge so we have designed standard business planning guide that would make every participant knows what exactly is expected of her as an entrepreneurial. Our marketing research will give direction to the women as to which area in the market they should be focusing their attention so as to meet production cost and make profit.

Women in Agro Processing Training and Support seeks to make micro, small and medium scale enterprises competitive, strengthen their capacities and position them for financial support, and convince other external financiers to partner them for rapid economic growth.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

No

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

Business Development and Support Solutions has identified three important social impacts that it seeks to make:
 To provide employment opportunity to the teeming women who have no jobs as a result of lack of skill training and access to technology use. Business Development &Support Solutions has carried out a need assessment survey in ten selected communities and the findings revealed that 65% of women are not in any form of direct employment and 55% of the women surveyed depended on their male counterparts for financial support for their daily living. It is our firm commitment to end this trend by providing practical training in agro processing so as to equip these women with the needed skills, training and support to make them start their own businesses within three months after the training.

 The program also seeks to provide enterpreneurialship to one hundred thousand women in five years through technology use and transfer of skills by these beneficiaries to other women within their various communities. Our simple to use technology would make it possible for transfer of skills learned to other people without any difficulty. Most of the equipment use for processing these products is affordable and its replicability to other regions across Ghana and other parts of the sub regions can be very much explored.

 Third, the training program is envisaged to eliminate chronic poverty and empower women to assert themselves in manner that would make them contribute their quota towards national development and economic effort. By eliminating poverty, women voices can heard in the social, economic and political platforms so as to make their country a better place not only for themselves but their children and male counterparts as well. Elimination of poverty gives women greater access to good health, good drinking water, shelter and better nutrition to themselves and their children. This is the course we want to champion.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Business Development and Support Solutions seeks to address three important primary problems:
• Our primary aim is to provide sustainable employment opportunity to ten thousand women every year through agro processing training by using simple technology than can be used by any women with minimal training and support.

• The problem of poor business planning has been the cause of business collapse of most small and medium scale enterprises in Ghana and Africa at large. Our standard business planning guide would make it easy for us to run business risk check and entrepreneurial readiness of our clients so as to offer the best alternative solutions. Since most micro, small and medium scale enterprises consider business advisory services a preserve of large companies, BDSSs is to fill this gap and make this service available to underprivileged women. No business can survive in this era without a business plan and this is exactly what we want to provide

• Our market research and packaging solutions will encourage women to come out with innovative products that would meet local and international market. Our passion is to encourage women to develop products that are internationally competitive and export ready.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

I have secured an office accommodation, which would serve as our corporate office for all our programmes. Together with Intent Ghana, we are training some support staff that would kick starts the process of training women in agro processing, packaging of agro products and development of business plan for their enterprises. Plans are far advance to register the organization as for profit organization. Intent Ghana is helpful in this regards. I have personally invested 2000 USD with other support from Intent Ghana.
Actually, I am not anticipating any major problems that would prevent the firm from operating except getting motivated personnel who would assist to provide these services to women with minimal remunerations. Additionally, getting all the target women to take advantage of the existence of these services to better their lots and contribute their quota towards the economic growth of the country is another issue we shall be confronting.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

In the first year, we expect to see over ten thousand women who are actively engaging in micro and small scale enterprises using our tailored training program to produce different agro processing products such as mongo, citrus, pineapple juice, gari and plantain cubes. We expect to train 60% in micro business while the remaining 40% would be supported to start small scale enterprises with 10% of their products packaged for export in the international market.

It is our strong conviction that in the second year , most women would take advantage of the vast agriculture products in the local market and go into oil extraction, coconut oil production, palm nut mash production, groundnut paste/butter making, soya milk and yoghurt production using modern equipment. The use of these modern equipments will increase their production by 100% to satisfy local demands of these products. The second year is expected to train additional twenty thousand women with 60% going into small scale enterprises and producing goods that are locally and internationally competitive

In the third year, we expect 50% of these enterprises owned by women to employ at least twenty thousand women who would support them in the running of their businesses or setting up their own. The third year is expected to train additional thirty thousand women. We expect the third year to be the year of economic growth of most of the business enterprises since they would have mastered the market and taking the right business decision to make profits for improved livelihood.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

No

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

Approximately 150 words left (1200 characters).

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

The partnership with government is in the form of capacity building and technical support to strengthen our organization, which is spearheading the promotion of local entrepreneurship among women. The Ghanaian government will soon be providing logistical support for organizations that are providing entrepreneurial support for women through the Ministry of trade and industries. We think this partnership would support our organization to reach out to a lot of women who have the desire to establish their own micro, small scale or medium scale enterprises. Our partnership with other nongovernmental organizations would provide the platform to share ideas and build synergy

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

FINANCIAL (SALES, COST AND PROFIT ANALYSIS)
NOT READY
However, the estimated cost of establishing and running the business is Seven Thousand US dollars (7,000 USD)
Personal contributions: Two thousand five hundred U S dollars (2,500 USD)
Other partners: Four Thousand US dollars (4,000 US). This may include cash, technical and logistical support
The business is expected to be self supporting after two years in operations

FORECAST OF CASH FLOW
We expect an average of three thousand US dollars (3000 USD) cash flow into the business every month, since our services would be predominantly on cash basis

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The African continent is endowed with natural resources including human resources but it is one of the poorest continents in the world. The reason for this set back on the continent is our inability to provide opportunity for the majority of the continent poor who are women to process and package the abundant raw food products in the locality. My defining moment is the passion to see one hundred thousand women who are trained to process and package local food products using simple technology for the local and the international markets within five years. This economic empowerment would eradicate poverty and positioned women to be assertive in the home and contribute to the decision making that affect their wellbeing and that of their children. Economic leverage of men over women has been the bane of women subservient status in Ghana and many African countries. Therefore, addressing women economic issues through technology is equally addressing their social and political assertiveness in their communities

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

There is no social innovator behind this idea. This idea was perceived three years after taking a course in poverty and gender studies during my undergraduate programme at the university. Having being equipped with the relevant information in those studies, concerning causes of chronic poverty among women in Africa, I come out with this initiative to aggressively address these endemic situations. It is my firm belief that our tailored training programme will turn out one hundred thousand women entrepreneur in five years of our operations. These entrepreneurs are expected to operate micro, small and medium scale enterprises in their respective communities and towns. By so doing, they will be contributing to the economic growth of the country and becoming relevant to the socio-economic and political decision making process. In Ghana, according to the population census of 2000, women constituted about 51.2% of the Ghanaian population. This significant population deserves urgent attention, which our training program seeks to address

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Personal contact at Changemakers

If through another source, please provide the information

ICRW

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Yes. Our agro processing training teaches women how to use simple technology to process agro products such as banana, gari, custard, tom brown, toasted oats, plantain cubes, mango, pawpaw, citrus, mushroom, pineapples etc. Our elaborate training program is executed by grouping women according to their interest and choice of products with emphasis on hands on use of equipment and machine. The demonstration of equipment and the preparation of samples are carried out within the interest groups with greater emphasis on individual participation during the sample preparation process to equip participant with the needed skills required to start their own enterprises. Packaging solutions have been designed to package these products in a way that would attract the local consuming public and that of the international market. This is achieved with the collaboration of other packaging and printing industries whose activities are focused on small scale enterprises.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Market research, Technology training.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

Technology training is one of the main components of our organization and each stage of the process is made available to our clients. We expect to recruit experience women through our capacity building process to spearhead the program implementation, assessment and evaluation so as to make women own the projects as theirs. This technology training would solve the problem of preventing most of our raw food products, which go bad during the bumper harvest season to be processed and stored. However, when these products are processed they can be preserved for a long period and sold during the time of scarcity in the market to generate income for these women. We expect to use simple thermoplastic materials to package the fruits drink, juice, gari mixer and other products for storage up to one year. We shall support the women to provide the relevant information on these packaged products so as to make them attractive to the local and the international market and also to make them compete with cheap import from other developing countries. Proper packaging of these agriculture products will eliminate low patronage and increase patronage of local consumption of these agro products in the country

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Peri-urban.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

The core project team includes women..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Government, Women's organization, Other.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology.

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