Many of the local women are unemployed and uneducated, which hinders them from paying the school fees for their children and meeting other basic necessities in their homes. This issues is compounded that the fact that some men have even neglected their obligations to care for their children. To bridge this gap, UBC, through the Beads of Empowerment Project, directed an empowerment program to train women to develop hand skills that can generate an alternative income amidst the various activities they do.
Based on each woman’s abilities, they are placed in specific skills groups and trained to make various hand crafts. Among the crafts women make are, necklaces, ear rings, bags, shoes and others items made from wasted recycled materials.
- Generate income and/or add to the current income,
- Indirectly improve income for other sectors as these women are now able to buy their daily needs, and
- Allow children to go to school and receive an education, which in turn allows them to increase their capability and skills and thereby reduce the poverty rate in the future.