In an effort to empower every girl, FIWG-L’s Women's Health and Economic Empowerment Program (WOHEEP) is going to work closely with young women in rural communities. Women farmers are going to be trained as leaders and entrepreneurs under our agribusiness skills training program. The WOHEEP aims to enhance the health and economic empowerment of young women ages 15 to 35 years, so they can become economically self-sufficient and build their confidence. In Liberia, with 4.74% youth unemployment and 63% of its population being under 35, there is a huge need to provide employment and vocational training for young and under-served women. WHEEP enables disadvantaged young women to develop their business ideas, learn new vocational skills, and join a community of supportive women. The program is multi-faceted and includes: The EAGLE Designs, Agribusiness, Business Training and Mentorship, and Women's Savings Group.
The EAGLE Designs and the J&D Catering Services
FIWG-L will establish The EAGLE Designs and the J&D Catering Services as our social enterprise arms to provide out-of-school girls with vocational training in catering services (culinary arts), sewing and tailoring (to develop a project name) to improve their marketable skills. The EAGLE Designs and J&D Catering Services also provide employment opportunities for young women who have graduated from the vocational trainings. The EAGLE Designs financially empowers young women by creating the platform to produce beautiful clothing and accessories, discover clients, provide good customer service, and master sewing, mending and cooking skills, so they can become economically self-reliant and support themselves and their families.
Business Trainings and Mentorship
FIWG-L offers young female entrepreneurs, mostly single mothers with comprehensive business trainings, customized individual mentorship, and relationship-building/networking opportunities. They also receive critical sexual and reproductive health information and gender awareness trainings. FIWG-L offers young female entrepreneurs the knowledge; skills and resources they need to develop and maintain sustainable businesses in the community. Participants work in diverse occupations from hair dressing to agriculture and selling pastries.
Women's Health and Savings Groups
FIWG-L facilitates health club and group-based savings schemes for young female entrepreneurs to enable asset acquisition, business growth and health promotion. It serves as a low-cost, efficient project that teaches the value of saving and business planning, supports women's financial independence from men, and increases investment capital for young female entrepreneurs. FIWG-L will open a savings bank account for the funds collected by the members since many of the women might lack the proper identification to do so on their own. FIWG-L also prints out a savings book to track the deposits. On a monthly basis, women meet to discuss health and wellness as well as information on business development and entrepreneurships.