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Help to create micro-enterprises for women in Mazini, Swaziland,

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Remar EspaƱa Verified non-profit organisation

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

We are aiming to assist underprivileged women in Manzini to attain financial independence through the creation of micro-businesses that will generate income.

In Manzini, the most densely populated town in Swaziland, there are very few possibilities for self-advancement. Women, in particular, find themselves in a situation of profound and underlying vulnerability. Those who are not financially dependent on their husbands have to find some means of earning a little money and providing for their families. We hope to improve the living conditions of these women, with special attention to those in the Remar centres (care and rehabilitation community homes for socially-marginalized and poverty-stricken women) by offering them the possibility of becoming micro entrepreneurs. This will give them the opportunity to come out of their present situation of extreme poverty and guarantees a better future for both themselves and their families.

What is your project and how will it help?

Land will be prepared for the creation of a wheat plantation and the construction of a semi-modern bakery and a design and printing workshop in Manzini. Women will be trained to run the bakery and the design and printing workshop. Women will also be trained in business management.
Main Activities: acquisition of 2 hectares of land in Manzini, preparation of the land; construction of a semi-modern bakery,creation of a design & printing workshop,organization of the beneficiaries into work groups,training of the women in basic work techniques; organization of courses about the handling of the machinery and the supplies in the bakery, courses on food hygiene and the making of bread and pastries; training in business security measures, courses on administrative management, courses on financial management; courses on commercial management;.organization of the sale of the products.

Through this project we hope to create in Manzini a multi-sector micro-business with the following areas: a wheat plantation, a bakery and a design & printing workshop.
The micro-business is expected to incorporate 250 beneficiaries, women suffering from extreme poverty, with the aim of helping them to become integrated into the labour market and to improve their quality of life in general.

As well as being the beneficiaries of the project, the women will be its chief hosts. They will be responsible for the creation of the wheat plantation, and also for the promotion and commercial management of the products they themselves prepare in the bakery and in the design and printing workshop. A small portion of the food production from the wheat plantation and the bakery will be used in the free meals centres run by Remar Swaziland in the town and in the prisons. The profit from sales will be used for the running and maintenance of the installations at the bakery and the design & printing workshop.

The project is an initiative launched by Remar Swaziland, which has been active in the country since 1993, caring for children off the streets, destitute young people and single mothers. As a fruit of its work it has achieved social recognition and the support of both the local authorities and also the local population itself for the creation of this microbusiness, which is sure to change the lives of thousands of people.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

We need financial help to install the workshop for women.

Please detail the resources that you need.

$ 80,000

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Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Swaziland

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Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Education and training; Job...show all (5)

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