SII-UK empowers persons with disabilities in Njinikom on entrepreneurial skills


Due to the fact that people living with disabilities are most affected by human rights abuses, poverty and other inequalities and they best understand the solutions to the challenges they face, some ten People Living with Disabilities, PLWDs, selected from the various parts of Njinikom subdivision, Boyo Division of the North West region of Cameroon have benefited from some entrepreneurial skills and training carried out by a UK registered charity SII-UK.

The PLWDs were trained on soap and Vaseline production and on the fundamentals of starting and running a business.

The participants at the end of the workshop expressed their satisfaction and expressed their desire to it replicated in other communities so as to reduce the challenges faced by PLWDs.

PWDs trained on soap production

According to Ndzi, one of the participants, the workshop was a timely intervention and exactly what they needed.

Despite the challenges faced by the PLWDs to get to the workshop venue, they were determined to gain the knowledge.

One of the participants with a physical disability known as Bih attests that though her major challenge was to carry herself to the training ground, she could not miss out on the program.

To Bih just like other participants, she will use the knowledge acquired to start up a business.
"I will now use this knowledge to start up a business for myself. I need to be strong to take care of myself and my six children. I cannot do any farm work again because of my disability but this soap production is good for me as I do not need to move or strain myself", she said.

For SII-UK, the organiser of the workshop, the interaction they had with the participants will help to build a strong sense of community amongst them as well as a growing sense of belonging.

At the end of the training workshop, the soap and vaseline produced during the training was shared to the participants so as to improve on their hygiene conditions and support them in stopping the spread of Covid-19 in their communities.

SII-UK identified over 40 people living with disabilities in Njinikom whose realities have become more devastating with the ongoing crisis and Covid-19.

Beneficiaries receive attestations at the end of the training

SII-UK works to ensure that people living with disabilities and in poverty realize their full potentials and live more fulfilling lives by promoting their economic empowerment, education, physical and psychosocial support.

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