Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG)
Context: Ghana has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the world. Employment opportunities are even scarcer in Northern Ghana where poor education rates (55% has never been to school) and unfavourable climatic conditions force young women to migrate to Accra and Kumasi to earn a living. With no education or other skills many young women migrants resort to working as head porters in transport stations and market centres. Many are unable to earn enough to secure safe accommodation and access to sanitary facilities.
Organization: Network of Women In Growth (NEWIG) was established in 2002 to provide young women with vocational and entrepreneurial training and support them in starting up and running their own businesses. NEWIG believes that helping women become economically independent is as important to women’s empowerment as institutional and legislative reform.In addition to its entrepreneurship programme, NEWIG offers all trainees a programme focused on leadership and women’s rights.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 4th grant to NEWIG helps provide vocational training and business management skills to 30 women in Adansi South as well as support the women in engaging with local institutions to advocate for policies and practices that are friendly to women entrepreneurs.