Dec 7, 2009, 12:39 PM
Federation, in collaboration with ChildFund the Gambia, recently conducted a
one-day entrepreneurship training for parents, at the Saamasang new building in
The training was held to enhance the women’s productivity in their daily business transactions through building capacities to ensure they earn relevant skills and the knowledge of starting and maintaining a successful business. They were being trained to be able to earn better and support their children.
The course focused on subjects such as starting a business, maintaining a business successfully, making market research, record keeping and the 4ps and T of the market.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ebrima Sonko of Saamasang and the community mobilizer of Kabafita Association, emphasised the importance of the training, saying it targeted members of Kabafita C.A and mainly female parents.
They were about 50 participants from 8 different clusters, including Kabafita clusters, Nema Water House, Nema Taba, Gidda Kankiling Misira, and Kenbujeh Madina.
“We cannot meet all the needs of the children but if the ChildFund and the Saamasang Federation continue to support the parents on anything or the businesses they are doing, the parents also will support their children through that business,” he said, adding: “This why it is very important to provide training for these parents so they can achieve what they need to support their children.”
According to Mr Sonko, that was not the first time for Saamasang to provide such training for parents in the West Coast Region.
He said they had done a lot of such trainings for women owning businesses, selling clothes, foods, and dealing in soap making.
“All these will help them on how to help their children in terms of their education and health, for instance,” he explained.
He advised the participants to be serious with the training and to see it as opportunity because Kabafita Community Association has 13 clusters and 8 were lucky to be part of the training, which is for the future of their children.
For her part, Mam Tutty Janha, a business woman, who is also a participant, thanked Saamasang and ChildFund The Gambia for their “wonderful support” to the women and, by extension, their children.
She appealed to Saamasang Federation for them to continue supporting the women and their children as well as help them in the soap-making business they do.