Female Entrepreneur Program

THE EMPOWERED WOMAN IS THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN

The ARO Female Entrepreneur Program was created to provide a platform for those commonly over looked in most parts of the world- the female populace. This program aims at providing disenfranchised women with the means to acquire financial sustainability and the capacity to contribute to the development of their immediate society.

The ARO Foundation through the FEP (Female Entrepreneur Program) is committed to the promotion of women’s active participation in the social and economic growth of societies through entrepreneurship.

Our project expands opportunities for women through education, entrepreneurship and vocational training. We provide women with the knowledge and skills to earn an income to enable them lift their family out of poverty,

We are dedicated to improving the lives of women in the rural districts of Nigeria.

Beyond the skills acquisition and business education, startup capital and investments are provided to enable genuine, substantial, and measurable progress.

Our   projects are community driven solutions to the challenges arising from extreme poverty and social inequality.

Through the female entrepreneur program, we aim to challenge the subdued role of women in the society (predominantly developing countries) making them prominent voices in the society, and creating awareness on the rights of the woman.

Overview

Entrepreneurship has been globally acclaimed as the bedrock of any economy. It has been seen by many people literate and illiterate alike as the wheel through which the growth and development of economies all over the world revolves.

Women Globally Make Up

0

Percent Of

Population

0

Percent Of

Workforce

100

Percent Of

Wealth

In Nigeria, women are the backbone of communities and the country’s greatest potential to unlocking economic growth as they provide the majority of labor with the least amount of resources.

The ARO Foundation through the FEP initiative takes advantage of this feature to unlock the potential of these women. We provide them with a platform that serves as a stepping stone to achieving success as an entrepreneur.

THE ISSUE

  • Women and children are the most affected in conflicts and wars. Studies show that women make up an estimated 80% of all refugees and displaced people.
  • Women account for 70%of the population living in absolute poverty.
  • Women are less likely to be corporately employed as only 36% of women are in the corporate world.
  • Women are easier targets for

Our approach

This project aims to equip women from insurgent and disaster areas with vocational skills that will help them provide basic needs for themselves, their families and community, generating and controlling their own revenue and thus, empowering themselves.

The ARO Female Entrepreneur program is a four month project. At the completion of the program, participants are validated with a certificate of completion and those who successfully completed the training program, showing commitment and dedication during the course of the program are given start-up capital to set up their own businesses.

The FEP project phases

1

Sensitization/Seminar on the ARO FEP Initiative

2

Registration & Training

3

Exhibition / Trade Fair

4

Seminar on Leadership, Mentorship & Business Ethics

Sensitization/Seminar on the ARO FEP Initiative

This is a 2-day seminar, educating the women on the concept of AROFEP and familiarizing them with the vocational skills acquisition training associated with the program. Notable female entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors to the women coach the women on the entrepreneurship journey-the risks and the gains. This seminar is targeted at building self-confidence and individual potential to achieve sustainable growth. In this program learn about the different training modules available for them to pick from based on their interest.

This phase is more or less on preparing their minds about FEP.

Registration and Training

Registration and training is the next phase of the Female Entrepreneur program. In this phase, women with the intention to take part in the program, choose the lessons of interest with the skill they look to acquire and register accordingly. The training cuts across various vocational modules, undoubtedly serving as a lucrative means of revenue in the country.

These women are also enlightened on Basic English Language, to help them with communication in the running their own businesses.

Exhibition/ Trade fair

At the end of the trainings and seminars an exhibition is setup to showcase all what the women have learnt and made during these four months. This would be the concluding phase of the project. This event would attract women entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and industries, looking

to connect and collaborate with these women in helping them grow their businesses and become better entrepreneurs.

It would help the women gain valuable connections with female leaders, network with entrepreneurs and change-makers to create a positive change in their life, community and in Nigeria.

Their handiwork would be on display and they would be available for sale to help these women.

 

After all these have been concluded, we give each woman who participated a certificate of completion.

Seminar on Leadership, Mentoring and Business ethics

This phase would be about teaching the women business management and ethics. They would be taught

  1. Leadership skills and Self esteem
  2. Use of their time in business, household and community related activities
  3. Organization and Business Planning
  4. Saving Behavior, goal setting
  5. Book-keeping and Inventory management advice
  6. Assertiveness, self-confidence and attention to appearance
  7. Access to markets and their target market
  8. Micro finance institutions and information on credit schemes

 

These women are paired with mentors who follow up on them and counsel them.

This phase would happen at the last week of the program.

FOCUS AREAS

Our projects are implemented at IDP camps across the country. We focus on regions that are homes to disenfranchised women, marginalized as a result of adverse circumstances prevalent in the world today.

Over 200 women participate in the FEP project at any of our project location. In each training, we group the women into a fixed number of participants per class. This is to ensure maximum participation and easier adaptation to skill trained.

 

We focus on the following vocational skills as they have been found to be most lucrative.

1. AGRICULTURE

Agriculture today plays a crucial role in the life of an economy. It not only provides food and raw material but also provides employment opportunities to a very large proportion of the population. It is one of the most effective revenue generating vocational skill. This is one of the vocational skills we focus on. We focus on Poultry and Livestock farming and also feed formulation.

2. FASHION

Fashion is a leading source of revenue in a developed world. Cities like London, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, Lagos, etc. are venues for well-known fashion shows in the world. These shows alone generate significant income. We train our women to be able to compete in this prominent world of fashion and also stand out as fashion designers. The women are trained in the following courses in line with fashion.

  1. Tailoring and fashion designing
  2. Hairdressing
  3. Jewelry

3. HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Household products are essentials in every home. This makes it a lucrative business venture because every home will sooner purchase one household product or the other. We teach women this vocational skill not just for business alone but it can also be for personal use. Women under the household product class are taught how to make Body cream, bar soap, Perfumes, Bleach, Liquid soap, Detergent, Disinfectant, Air Freshener, Pesticide and Fumigation Production.

4. Pottery & Crafts

Pottery and crafts is one of our areas of focus in establishing women as notable entrepreneurs and helping them generate their own revenue. In pottery and crafts we would have two classes which would include.

  • Pottery and hand crafts
  • Basket weaving and embroidery

OUR GOALS

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women everywhere.
  • Bring to prominence the rights available to the woman.
  • Reduce and eventually eradicate the percentage of women living in poverty
  • Promote the importance of vocational skills in revenue generation and economic growth

 

  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources.
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular, information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
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