MTN Encourage Soap Making Start Ups In Ejisu Municipality

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About 40 participants who successfully completed a one-week skills training in soap-making, in the Ejisu municipality have received start-up equipment to start their own business. The beneficiaries who were drawn from the Ampabame community and taken through the training by National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), received the materials kind courtesy telecom giant, MTN Ghana. The soap-making skills training was targeted at economically empowering especially the youth in the area to gain some form of financial independence.

Mobile Money Implementation Manager for MTN Ghana, Northern Sector, Stephen Asare, Wednesday, expressed delight about the interest that the beneficiaries attached to the course and later passing out successfully. “I’m very happy with the level of enthusiasm of the trainees and trainers. They have shown a lot of commitment given them in collaboration with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).” “We gave them one good week of training and today we’ve also come with these materials as a start-up support to ensure that they can go and immediately start the production or manufacturing of the soap and detergents”, Mr. Asare mentioned.

He added “If you look at their commitment, it is very great and we believe that something good will come out of this training that we’ve given specifically the Ejisu-Ampabame community.”

The MTN Mobile Money Implementation Manager, reiterated MTN’s resolve to move to other communities who need similar support. “We do this project every year, so definitely next year we will go to into another community. What we do is that, we have engagement with the people and know exactly what they need so that we do what we call, the need-analysis and then come out with what the support they want.” “We’ll go into partnership with other government agencies that also has that objective and then we together support communities because in a broader term, MTN’s corporate social responsibility is to promote economic empowerment. It is very key to us a business.”

On his part, Ashanti Regional Director of NBSSI, Manu Bashir expressed credit to the telecom network for reaching out to them and was optimistic of future collaborations with other corporate institutions.

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