The Ghanaian economy has grown more than those of many other African countries in recent years. This is partly due to the country’s liberal trade and privatisation policies and its stable government.
But growth is uneven. In the north, particularly the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions, people rely on subsistence farming. Flooding and drought are common and when crops fail people have no alternative source of income. About 80% of the population lives on less than one dollar a day.
Trusted locally based organisations help people get the skills they need to work successfully as blacksmiths, carpenters, seamstresses and more. Tools for Self Reliance works with them to provide the tools and fund the training. The goods and services that result benefit not just their families but also the wider community.
Tools for Self Reliance works with its partners in northern Ghana to get people out of poverty and into work. Our partners are non-governmental organisations with a successful record of working with local communities. Here are a few of them.
NORSAAC was founded in 2002 to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Today it works to improve the lives of all marginalised groups in the north. Tools for Self Reliance supports NORSAAC with projects to train youth in bicycle repairs and help them to set up their own businesses.
The rise in youth unemployment and poverty in rural communities in northern Ghana is being addressed by our partner TRAX Ghana. TRAX Ghana works with small-scale farmers to develop and support alternative sources of income generation. Tools for Self Reliance support TRAX Ghana’s apprenticeship programme in and around Bolgatanga in the north of Ghana.
Read the impact report from our project with TRAX developing trade skills for young people has made in Talensi and Nabdam Districts to prevent illegal gold mining.
Street Girls Aid were established in 1994 to work with young women and girls on the street, and their aim is to ensure this group is better protected and has opportunities to improve their situation through support and training. Their staff have built relationships with thousands of women and girls over the years, and work closely with partner organisations to deliver interventions. The experience and knowledge of Street Girls Aid in working directly with vulnerable women and children has been sought by other groups, and they have provided learning, shared models of best practice, and provided training to a range of organisations working with marginalised groups.
CIWED started as a community-based organisation in 2013 with the aim to empower women to gain economic independence, and began mobilizing women and young people especially young mothers to discuss common issues affecting them. The organisation later initiated Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), encouraging women and young people build savings that will help them establish small-scale businesses to generate income for themselves and their families. They are registered with the Registrar General Department and Department of Social Welfare.
Visit their website
Wunizooya Development Programme (WUDEP) works to improve employability amongst youth through skills training and advocacy. Its key activities are vocational/employability skills for youth (both females and males), business management training, leadership skills, reproductive health, gender, counselling, and advocacy on key issues concerning youth and children. WUDEP operate in six communities in Kumbungu district in the Northern Region of Ghana.
We are currently not seeking any new partners within our Ghana programme, so will not be accepting any partnership requests for the time being – we will update the website when this changes
In five years, we will have a big workshop that we own and will take on our own trainees.
Carpentry training, Uganda