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Sewing Apprenticeship Program in Denu, Ghana.

Our Project in Ghana is called Denu 20.20
The main goal of this project is to create a sewing course for unemployed women in Denu. In 2020 we will start a training course for 20 women with 20 sewing machines.


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We aim to improve the life of a small community of 62 entrepreneur women.  Sewing Apprenticeship Program will help improve their finances and their self-esteem. The overall Denu situation will also improve through a circular economy: once the future seamstresses finish their courses they will be able to start working in local stores, to work for dressmaking companies, or to start their own business.



Where is Denu?

Entrepreneur Women in Ghana

Denu is a small town which is the capital of Ketu South Municipal, a district on the south-eastern corner of the Volta Region of Ghana, next to Aflao the border town with Togo. The name Denu literally means by the boundary. Source : Wikipedia 

Facts about Ghana

Ghana (Republic of Ghana), is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa.

Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the westBurkina Faso in the northTogo in the east, and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language.


Ghana's population of approximately 30 million spans a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. According to the 2010 census, 71.2% of the population was Christian, 17.6% was Muslim, and 5.2% practised traditional faiths Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical rain forests. Source : Wikipedia 

Ghana is producing more female entrepreneurs than any other country in Africa

The rise of women in entrepreneurship is not necessarily associated with the pace of their country’s wealth and economic development as this latest Index on women’s entrepreneurship has shown. 


The second edition of Mastercard Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship (MIWE) revealed that some of the least wealthy and developed economies have higher women business ownership rates than their wealthier developed peers.



Some relevant figures are:


 ✔️Ghana comes out on top, with 46.4 percent of businesses in the country owned by women. 

 ✔️Ghana shines as an example of women’s determination to provide for themselves and their families and Africa excels at creating strong women entrepreneurs with the drive to succeed even in the face of financial, regulatory or technical constraints.

Our future seamstresses.

The profile of our future seamstresses is:

  • Woman between 18 and 30 years old

  • Single mother,

  • Without basic education, school drop out in some cases.

  • Unemployed

But they are eager to learn a job that will enhance their life.

In the first phase of our project , the participants in this program will be:

Janet Osahene

Angela Akorlatse

Denali Mensah

Evelyn Ahorlu

Esther Agbagba

Among other ..

The teachers will be :

Hafsa Tusef

Madam Mary Yekunya



During the first phase we will be looking for funds to implement the full project. A fundraising event will be organised in Barcelona during Fall/Winter 2020 -2021

In parallel we will be working together with a local NGO to define the details of the project.

At this point the teachers and local coordinators are already defined:  Hafsa Tusef, Madam Mary Yekunya. We will coordinate with them to define the content of the training and a potential workshop about female empowerment.


During the second phase we will purchase 20 sewing machines for the training centre. Once the centre physical location is available, all the sewing material will be purchased.

Local suppliers will be prioritised for the acquisition of the sewing machines and sewing material.


During the third and final phase of the project, the training courses will be performed. A total of 20 apprentices will be selected among all the candidates.

The course will run for 9 months, Monday to Friday, from 8 to 12 and 13 to 15.

The aim of the project is to support the training courses during three academic periods. This means that a total of 60 apprentices will receive the training. Together with the local NGO we will follow up the future of the seamstresses, in order to monitor and assist in the search of their future employment. 

After the overall project is finished, all the training material will be given to NGO Staesa to pursue similar activities in the future.


Total cost of the project  : 6.094€ 38.567,12  CEDI

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The total cost of this phase is  :

Ad. Fund Campaign and Crowdfunding  1.000€

TOTAL = 1.000 € CEDI  6.094




The total cost of this phase is  :

Rent Training Center (2 years)   5.315,39c 840€

 Materials Fabrics    164,21c 500 €

Sewing Machines 60€ /each  7.594,10c  1.200€

Administrative Costs  100€

TOTAL = 2.740 € CEDI 17.339,27  



The total cost of this phase is  :

2 Teachers &coordinators (3 years) 11.389,72 1800 € 

TOTAL = 1800 € CEDI 11.389,72


Relevant SDG Targets related to Enterprise Development

SDG 5 Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
5.5  5.5  Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.

SDG 8.
8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises including through access to financial services.

9.3 Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, particularly in developing countries, to financial services including affordable credit and their integration into value chains and markets.

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