The Livelihood Support Initiative Project was developed as a collaborative initiative between the Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development and the Gender and Governance (G&G) programme areas of NORSAAC. It is funded by Italian Super Donor, through Actionaid, and provides livelihood opportunities for participants of the Young Urban Women project* (YUWP).
With over 1000 young women mobilized through the YUW project, the Livelihood Support Initiative has been able to successfully provide sustainable livelihood training and promote self-employment and economic stability to young women in the Tamale South Sub Metropolitan.
Specifically, the LSI project has implemented a 5 module training program and a revolving microcredit system for selected YUW participants. These participants are granted apprenticeships in dressmaking, beadmaking, hairdressing, local cloth weaving or smock weaving. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, each young woman is given the tools and supplies required to develop her own small business. Furthermore, the ISD project increased the knowledge levels of 80 young women with training in financial literacy and business management.
In December 2015, NORSAAC held its first graduation and experience sharing ceremony for the YUW project, during which 5 hairdressing apprentices and 5 beadmaking apprentices were awarded certifications. The dressmaking and weaving apprentices will complete their training throughout 2016.
* The Young Urban Women project seeks to mobilize and empower young women though knowledge enhancement and linkages to livelihood opportunities. To date, The YUW project has mobilized over 1000 young women from nine communities in the Tamale South Sub Metropolitan. These youth have undergone a series of capacity building on topics related to decent work, unpaid care work burden and sexual harassment through peer education, advocacy and media campaigns.