Impact Institute conducts entrepreneurship training for 150 women and girls
By Lincoln G. Peters
The Impact Institute, an indigenous Liberian group, has organized a two-day capacity building and entrepreneurs training summit for young women and girls.
The training was aimed at building participants’ capacity through economic empowerment and leadership development.
Held under the topic “Building Confidence & Self-esteem for Success in Business & Life,” the event took place Monday, 7 November 2022 at the Duahzon United Methodist Church in Margibi County.
It brought together over 150 young women and girls from across Montserrado and Margibi Counties, respectively.
The training offered a unique experience for grassroots women and it has been developed to enhance the capacity of potential women and girls to build their confidence and skills to encourage and develop themselves in business and leadership.
Making his welcoming and introductory remarks at the program, Impact Institute Executive Director Mr. Rudolph Bropleh, said the institution was established to build capacity within organizations and strengthen communities.
According to him, the objective of the training initiative is to inform, inspire, instruct, interact and initiate women and girls to enhance their business and leadership skills, adding that information is power.
“A principal target of our work will be children, women, and young people. The church, a strategic community organization, will also be a place of focus for the Institute’s work,” he said during the program.
According to Mr. Bropleh two things are usually evident in underprivileged and underserved communities.
He said they are inadequacy of economic opportunities and the lack of social mobility; or the marginalized means of the same.
“Two things can strengthen and improve underprivileged and underserved communities: Economic empowerment and leadership development,” he said.
Day one of the event focused on young women and girls while day two under the topic “How to Build a Small Business and Better Your Life is primarily for young men and Liberian contractors who do small to medium size contracts.
According to the Impact Institute Executive Director, the training will show how to build a small business and improve lives.
Also serving as a facilitator, Dr. Patience Martor of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK), motivated the participants to break the enormous challenges and be able to stand firm.
Dr. Martor urged the participants to pursue goals and dreams and make sure they come to reality.
“In this struggle, you should always remember that the only way you fail is when you give up,” said Dr. Martor.
“In everything we do and anything we should always stand tall to overcome those challenges. In life, you need to be strong,” Dr. Martor stated.
Mrs. Mydea White-Simmons, also a facilitator, spoke on self-esteem and encouraged the women and girls who had gathered at the event to build on their strengths they have to understand what their weaknesses are and correct them.
She suggested that this will help them become a better person.
“Inspire yourself to achieve your goal. Challenge yourself and make sure that every day you are moving forward,” she said.
She admonished the participants that people are their greater access, saying how they treat people, their pride, and integrity matter.
“Build on your strength and encourage yourself that you can be that person you want to be,” he added.
In separate remarks, some of the participants thanked Impact Institute for thinking in their direction to help them fulfill their life goals.
Most of them shared similar experiences of their life stories and the necessity of the program in reaching their goals.
They termed the training as timely and impactful, promising to use the knowledge acquired to improve and better their lives.