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Mother's Day: Mara Foods celebrates with rural women

Female entrepreneur, Maria Johana Yuorpor through her entities – Mara Foods, Beautiful Smiles Project – has celebrated this year's mother's day occasion with rural women, offering them business tips and skills training.

The May 8 celebration, participated by over 100 women drawn from Yibile, Kadoli and Sanchiga in the Wa Municipality, took place at Yibile over the weekend.

The women were supported through interactive knowledge sharing to identify some viable business opportunities available within their areas which they could venture in.

They were also taken through practical and demonstrative training on liquid soap making which was central to the celebration as it aimed to offer the women vocational skills which could earn them decent living.

Maria Johana Yuorpor

Interacting with the gathering of women, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of entities, Maria Johana Yuorpor, said mothers (and women in general) were great assets to society and if properly empowered to take their place, they would build a much better society.

Thus, she said a day for them [mothers] could not have been celebrated in a better way than to empower them with knowledge and skills sets that would improve their socio-economic lives.

Madam Yuorpor expressed optimism that the training would offer the women the requisite knowledge to start and/or transform their businesses and would help mitigate economic hardships within their localities.

She urged the women to form trade and farmer groups to support one another in the businesses they do and to able ease of access to financial support schemes.

She admonished that it was easy for groups to access loan and other capital support schemes than individuals, thus the need for group formations.

Mr Aminu Ibrahim, a volunteer with the Mara group, seized the moment to admonish women to carefully support their adolescent girls to receive formal education schools.

He observed that the rate at which adolescent girls in rural Ghana often have their education truncated due commonly to teenage pregnancy was alarming thus, calling on the mothers to help salvage the menace.

He said girl child education was important and should be prioritized by every family.

The women expressed their appreciation the Mara group for the training and promised to put the knowledge and skills gained into productive use.

Madam Salimatu Mahama, a participant from Yibile, said she was poised to take the liquid soap production as a startup expressing hopes that, it would help her take good care of her children and family affairs.

Other participants said they would start making liquid soaps for home consumption and save their little earnings of which most part often goes into buying soaps.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.

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