B.B SKILLS TRAINING
The Burden Bearers World Mission’s Skills Training Program, in conjunction with Women Emerge and Ignite, is designed to provide skills to African women in rural communities, to maximize their economic potential, household welfare, and improve their quality of life. This training program will be kick-starting in Kasambya Town, Uganda, and will offer a wide range of skills training courses including, hairdressing, dressmaking, soap production, and agriculture. The curriculum will include workshops on financial literacy, business planning and management, entrepreneurship strategies, and more.
It is no secret that when you empower a woman, you empower the nation. To maximize the benefits of women’s collective efforts, it is important to empower them using effective strategies that will equip them for economic development and household welfare. Unfortunately, there are a plethora of barriers and gender stereotypes that women face globally. In Africa specifically, women's economic contributions are hindered from early in their childhood as they are raised mostly for marriage and child-rearing, while basic education, personal development, entrepreneurship, and empowerment are often neglected. As a result of the vulnerabilities of the women in these communities, they are exposed to many challenges including early child marriage, enduring abusing relationships, sexual exploitation, etc. Our aim is to use our efforts to narrow this gap and empower them in society.
Among many attributes of a great and virtuous woman, one that stands out is that she is industrious and works with her hands to support herself and her family. Proverbs 31 recounts that a virtuous woman “ sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable … She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
As a result, our efforts to empower the African rural women will be achieved through the three-step process outlined below:
Three-Step Process to Achieve the goal
1. Identify Skills & Passions.
In some cases, the rural environment equips women with certain experiences and skills that their urban counterparts may not have that they can expand and make a living from. Therefore, we will support these women to itemize their pre-existing skills, goals, passion, and strengths.
2. Skills Training
At this stage, the women would have mapped out a step process and planned for their end. We will then support them, at times in conjunction with local organizations, and equip them with one of the skills training courses of their choice.
3. Fair Start
Once they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, we will offer them a fair start. This may include business project startup capital, referral to other supporting organizations, employment, etc.