A long-term skill training program organized by the office of Margibi County District# 3 Representative, Sytephen A. Kafi, Jr. has added another phase for about 150 recruits in the Firestone Rubber Plantation.
The program is aimed at building capacity of women in the district and the county at large in soap making, tie and dye, baking and hair dressing, among other skills. The exercise was launched recently in Division 41, Firestone.
In an interview with The NewDawn in the county, the coordinator for the program, Madam Mary Yah Coleman, who is also Proprietress of the Aunty Yah Day Care School in Kakata, said the training is expected to last for four months.
She noted that the current 150 women enrolled are residents of division 38 and 41 camps, respectively.
According to her, the training started about a few years ago and has benefited so many women from the plantations, including divisions 23 and 28 where 96 women were graduated; divisions 33 and 37, 150 graduates, and division 31, another 150 have been trained and are awaiting graduation and certification.
Madam Coleman narrated that one of the trainees from division 23 is now owner of a bakery and has become bread winner for her family, adding that prior to the training, she was just a taping cup washer at firestone.
She added that another lady in division 28 camp, who also benefited from the training, is similarly involved in bakery business.
She said the program has tremendously improved lives of many women in the plantations and continues to do so, while noting that the program’s focus is not only on skills training, but educating women how to live rightly and peacefully with their husbands and have a healthy life.
Explaining further, she said the program has been sponsored by Representative Stephen S. Kafi, Jr. but of late, the district was blessed with sponsorship from the Foundation for Peace Building thru the instrumentality of Mr. Nathaniel Walker.
She also disclosed plan to extend the training to Kakata for women in that part of Margibi to benefit.
By Ramsey Singbeh, Margibi