During this interim period, project staff succeeded in delivering 38 training courses (some are still ongoing, as shown in the above table) in six clusters of both —– and —–regions. According to the project’s work plan, training courses in both regions run in parallel. Each training course should have lasted 80 training hours over 20 days (4 hours per each training day). During the evaluation of the first training round of the tailoring component, participants and trainers requested the extension of training hours to a total of 100 hours per course as they needed more time for practice. Therefore, project staff, trainers and participants decided to extend the training days from 20 to 22 training days with 4.5 training hours a day (a sum of 99 training hours per each tailoring training). Training hours for dairy training remained as identified in the project.
Although training subjects were mainly based on topics included in the training curricula, trainers developed more training materials based on the reflection of reality and the training needs emerging through implementation. These materials were considered as part of training curricular.
Results of Activities
- Implementation of Training Courses
The organisation participants were exposed to training techniques mainly designed to develop their skills and performance in Tailoring and Dairy farming. Training topics set out to meet their training needs and to overcome their difficulties. The training was comprehensive and included all necessary topics in the mentioned subjects.
After sewing training, women became able to sew clothes for themselves and their families. Others managed to sew clothes for their community, as illustrated by the example of some women that went on to design and sew school uniforms and bridegroom dresses.
- Establishment of committees of five participants ( Women’s Association)
As a result of the training courses, committees of five participants that involve the most active participants were elected at the end of the training. The five participants, who represent their villages, were expected to take part in the coming project activities and, as active members of the general assembly of the, women’s associations were planned to be established by the end of the project. Project staff conducted a series of meetings with the committees to clarify their roles in future project activities with organisation. They will take part in capacity building training in the field of management, networking, marketing and fundraising. They will be the members of women associations aiming to organize women and to identify their priorities and meet their needs.
DISSEMINATION OF MACHINES
After training courses women who took part in the tailoring training received sewing machines to enable them generate incomes. 504 sewing machines were distributed for 504 women who participated in the tailoring training. As for dairy part women association will be provided by a milk truck to market their dairy products, each woman will receive milk reservation containers to ensure healthy milk, refrigerators and milk testing devices.
- Targeted women have developed skills in tailoring and dairy-farming matching standards to satisfy market demands, as well as managerial and technical capacities to run a business
- Targeted women have been provided with equipment and, organized in community-based working units which cover all fields of production and marketing, are able to effectively manage their businesses;
- Two women’s associations have been established and have taken over the overall management of the working units representing their interests, offering them technical and administrative support and marketing their products;
- Businesses have been established, are sustainable and generate a basic income for the families of the beneficiaries.