Most of the people in Nanumba North and Nanumba South, in the Eastern Corridor of Ghana where Songtaba is based, make a living in subsistence agriculture. In recent years, erratic rainfall, increased incidence of bushfires and indiscriminate felling of wild trees such as shea-nut, dawadawa, etc., have substantially impaired people’s capacity to cope with shocks and their ability to store value in animals. Fewer livelihood opportunities force young people (54% of the region’s population) to consider migration to Kumasi and Accra, often ending up as head porters living in abject poverty and hazardous conditions.
Songtaba is a small non-governmental organization working to advance the rights of women and girls in Ghana’s Northern Region. It was established in 2005 as a coalition of gender-minded organizations to identify and address the root causes of women’s and girls’ poverty. Songtaba works with a range of formal and informal groups, government agencies and community structures to deliver services, strengthen women’s leadership skills and develop livelihood opportunities. It runs programs on education, governance, domestic violence and agricultural livelihoods (rice processing cooperatives; livestock rearing; etc.).
EMpower’s 3rd grant to Songtaba will train 15 young people (8 women and 7 men) in smock weaving and sewing, marketing and business management. In addition, the grant will support the 20 beekeepers trained last year to expand their businesses and establish two marketing and retail outlets.
Primary Location: Bimbila
Funded Since: 2015
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