The Youth Crime Watch of Liberia in collaboration with Be the Change Academy over the weekend graduated 73 students from Paynesville City, outside Monrovia. Be the Change Academy is a local institution involved in creating jobs and building women’s capacity in marketing through skills training, targeting young women between ages 15 and 35.
The institution last Friday graduated 73 women from its micro-finance loan program, after 10-weeks of training. The group in partnership with Youth Crime Watch provides practical steps that are needed to create a viable business plan for each young woman in the institution. The Academy believes that targeting women reduce gender inequity and empower women by increasing their decision making power.
Delivering the keynote address, the Country Director for Action Aid Liberia, Ms. Korto Williams, said her institution has been in the counties for 16 years, empowering women to make a change in their lives. She encouraged young women to always do positive things and make positive decisions for the future.
Meanwhile, the graduates have extended thanks and appreciation to the organization for the opportunity afforded them. They said during the learning process, they were taught a lot of things, including CRM costumer relationship management, market research technique and how to go into the field and search for what is missing and bring it to the market, among others.