My name is Victoria, 19 years of age. I come from the Dzogbeve, a village in the South Tongu district. In this village, the main source of livelihood is farming, mat weaving and fishing. You’ll find most of women in my village engaged in mat weaving. I did this, including fishing to support myself until I completed junior high school and left for Accra where I sold “pure water” on the streets of Ashaiman to earn a living and save towards the future. It has not been easy out there. I love fashion, and have dreams of starting my own fashion enterprise. I was still selling in the street of Accra when my uncle called to tell me about the opportunity at eyata. Today, I’m here enrolled on the TVET programme where am learning fashion design and tailoring with millinery and jewellery making, as well as beading and jewellery making. Upon completion, I hope to start my fashion enterprise to earn a better livelihood and provide jobs for other women in my community.
I’m Elisabeth, 18 years old, and from Apimkpo in the South Tongu district. The mainstay of people in my village is farming. I never had the opportunity to a formal education because my parents couldn’t afford. I was idling till I heard of the opportunity at eyata. Coming here, I desire to have a livelihood that is sustainable. Through the programmes at eyata, I hope to start my own fashion enterprise.
“There’s no tool powerful for development more effective than the empowerment of women” Kofi Annan. It was all smiles when our 2019 trainee batch joined us. They come from different background with different life stories, but one thing they all have in common is the desire for a better life. We’re happy to be the springboard on which they achieve their dreams.