Sierra Leone: Tourism Minister Launches Women Empowerment Training Workshop in Lakka

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The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt has launched a training workshop for women in coastal risk communities and distributed start-up kits to 50 women in Lakka Community. The skills and entrepreneurship training programme aimed at empowering these women to be self-reliant and abstain from destructive environmental practices

The programme which is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board with support from UNDP under the Gef Project is targeting women in the coastal risk areas of Lakka, Hamilton, Tombo, Conakry Dee, Chepo and Shenge.

Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt

The Director of Tourism, Mohamed Jalloh told participants that the women empowerment training was borne out of the Minister’s vision for women in tourism. He continues that the women will be trained on entrepreneurship techniques, handicrafts skills, and mentorship.

In her brief statement, the General Manager of the National Tourist Board, Fatmata Hamid Carew said at the end of the training the women will be empowered and self-reliant while urging them to grab the opportunity for the betterment of their families.

Speaking to beneficiaries at the Lakka Community Hall, Dr. Pratt intimated that even though Lakka is seen as a fishing community, it also has huge sustainable tourism potential. She said the training was aimed at growing tourism and also transforming the communities. She disclosed that the World has consented to support her women in tourism initiative for which they will be targeting more communities. She called on them to focus their attention on mastering the skills in other for them to apply for loans and grant schemes to grow their businesses.

Presenting the start-up kits to the women, Dr. Pratt thanked the trainers and encouraged the trainees to use the start-up kits for the purpose it was given and also informed them that there will be an exhibition competition for all the communities trained.

The women were trained in embroidery, Gara tie-dying, and make-up skills. Each trainee was given a start-up package of ribbons, beads, lappa, needles, threads, sticker, rubber bucket, rubber bowl, ink, soda, powder, Brillion cloth, gloves, a variety of small brushes for eyebrow and lash, variety of small combs, set of face lotion, setting spray and a token of cash.

The jubilant women appreciated the Minister and her team for considering their community in this all important training. They assured that the skills learned will be beneficial to them and their families.

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