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.
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
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