Obuasi Women Acquire Skills

The third phase of this year’s AngloGold Ashanti entrepreneurial training and skills development for women in the Obuasi municipal assembly ended successfully at the weekend with the graduation of 21 women.

The project is in line with the company’s sustainable and community values to ensure that people in communities and societies where it operates benefit from the presence of AngloGold Ashanti. Organized and sponsored by the Obuasi mine, the project is meant to economically and socially empower the women to set up their own businesses and contribute their quota to the development of their respective communities. This, in turn will enable the communities to improve their social and economic lives and ease their dependence on the company.

Selected from Kokotesua, Anyinam, Diewuoso, Abompe, Nhyiaso, Ayaase, Sanso, Abompe and Dokyiwaa – suburbs of Obuasi; the women went through a – three week course in beads making, which was facilitated by the National Board for Small Scale Industries.

In his address at the short but colourful graduation ceremony, Nana Ampofo Bekoe, Social and Economic Development Manager of the mine congratulated the women for going through the courses successful and urged them to share their new skills with their families and the people in the communities where they live.

Nana Ampofo said AngloGold Ashanti is focusing on the training and development of women as its contribution to the creation of alternative job creation in the communities in the country. “Women are the backbone of every economy, whether in the communities or at the national level so developing and expanding their skills and development will empower them more to contribute their quota to the economy”, he said.

This year alone AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi operation has trained more than 75 women rural women in entrepreneurial and skills development company, mainly in soap and beards making, interior decoration, food processing and others. It donated about GHC75,000 recently to the AngloGold Ashanti Miners Association to sustain and expand its business ventures and the training of their members.

Contributing, Mr Kelvin Ofori Atta of the Obuasi branch of NBSSI, urged the women to take advantage of their new skills to justify the time and money spent by AngloGold Ashanti and other sponsors on them. Mr. Kelvin Ofori-Atta, Head – National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) Obuasi, commended AngloGold Ashanti for such an initiative. He promised the women of NBSSI’s full support and presented them with certificates.

On their part, the beneficiaries commended the company for equipping them with the new skills and pledged to share their skills with other women in the communities.

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