Women’s farming group for Nyoli Koraa, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, Savannah Region
Another successful project cost only £1500 to get 16 women set up in sustainable community farming project that would provide food for the family and some income through the sale of produce. Some of the profits will also be used to buy more seeds. Grown vegetables are shared amongst themselves and the extra ones are sold in the nearby village market, thus giving them some much needed income.
The initial start costs of £1500 was used to secure the land with fencing and protect it from it from wild and domestic animals, and to buy the initial seeds and tools, and other gardening inputs. It also provided some training in the following areas, basic Gardening, leadership, and financial management.
The hard work of the women’s group paid off in the first growing season where there was enough food to feed their families and some to sell at the market. The profits will help sustain the project with new seeds and maintenance.
The group leader, Deobayir, said that the money saved was used to take care of their daily basic needs and are hopeful that by the dry season, they will get something to feed themselves and able to buy more seeds for the rainy season.
‘From the bottom of our hearts, we give our thanks to Ghana Outlook for their trust and faith in us. We also give thanks to Sahara Advocates for Change, for they have guided us in all that we do. We thank them for requesting that Ghana Outlook come to our assistance, so that we can improve the lives of our families’.
The plight of the community was brought to the attention of Ghana Outlook, and it was decided that we should support this community to solve the plight of the rural women who traditionally does not have a right to own land and dependent on their husband’s income and farm. With the garden, women are able to come together discuss their issues and help each other economically.
As with all GO projects, community consolation take place and MOU’s agreed to ensure the success, maintenance and longevity of the project once completed, it must achieve basic objectives:
- Give economic independence
- Provide nutritional food on their table
- Reduce dependence on charcoal burning and firewood gathering as their only way out in the dry season
- Enable to provide their family support especially their children school and health needs.