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Change a Girl's Life Through Microentrepreneurship

The Keep A Girl Alive project enables young uneducated and unemployed girls, often mothers and sometimes HIV infected, to become economically self-reliant through the creation of small businesses.They become empowered, protect themselves from unwanted sex and provide for their families.More than 90 women have received trainings and cash transfers since "KGA" started on 2012.
About Our Partner

Reach Out Cameroon (REO)

Community Vision Underprivileged and marginalized groups are aware of their rights to participate in decision making, have equal access to resources and benefits, and become self-reliant within a supportive policy environment for sustainable development in Cameroon. Core Values ACT: Accountability, Commitment, Transparency Organizational Mission REACH OUT supports underprivileged and marginalized groups within the communities on health issues, wealth creation, and provide capacity building and information through the use of participatory approaches and advocacy. Vision for the organization REO is a self-sustained organization, attracting skilled staffs that work in cohesion to deliver services in the area of health, wealth creation, and gender sensitive/capacity building/awareness programs with approved best practices and pooled resources at national and international levels for the betterment of communities in Cameroon. Overall Goal/Ultimate Outcome; In Cameroon, especially in the South-west region, underprivileged and marginalized groups are socially integrated and economically empowered through: gender awareness issues and capacity building, wealth creation, and health and HIV/AIDS programs.

The Problem

HIV/AIDS is wearing a female face in Buea. The marginalized (such as school drop outs, single mothers, young widows or orphans) are most at risk. High economic dependence on men force many to engage in risky sexual behavior. This is seen in marriages to older men and in the relationships many have with men commonly known as "sugar daddies". Other factors leading to female vulnerability include the high cost of bride price, the difficulties for wife inheritance and lack of access to education

The Solution

Young women in minority groups will be empowered through training on starting and managing a small business as well as on income generating activities. The program also raises awareness of health issues, especially HIV/AIDS education. After the trainings the girls are able start their own businesses and get support through start-up capital. After that, continuous check-up and periodic capital pushes ensure that they make it out of poverty and become fully empowered.

Sustainability

Through a combination of grants and interest-free loans, girls are able to set up their small businesses.On the long run and after a lot of work and appropiate follow up the income generated largely surpasses the income donated, and benefits the women, their children and the whole area. Most beneficiaries improve their lives substantially, you can check some of the stories we have collected in our reports.

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