ClimaCheck is a skill training enterprise that trains the physically disabled and women to economically empower them and curb inequality
Other textile samples
Hats and Fans
Baby sitting basket
Sample of woven artifact
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Initiative's representative name
Amin Dasana Abdul Gafaru
Initiative's representative date of birth
Initiative’s representative gender
Where are you making a difference?
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When was your organisation founded?
Financial skills and capability
Reskilling and upskilling the workforce
Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?
1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed
Bush burning is seen as a norm in Northern Ghana as it aid hunters in their hunting expeditions and also serves a cheap and easy way of clearing farmlands after harvest. It was somewhere in 2012 when I had my inspiration, this inspiration was led by a devastating experience that nearly ended my education and starved my whole family as over 15 hectares of our farm was burnt to the ground by a bushfire. Meanwhile, the yet to be harvest crops were supposed to be sold and used in the payment of my admission fees into Senior High School that same year.
This experience inspired me to question how I can innovatively convert these dry grasses that are always left to the mercy of bushfires into useful artefacts with great economic benefits.
2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?
An estimated 60-80 million people are living with disability in Africa. Over 5 million are Ghanaians representing about 17% of the Ghanaian population. A vast majority of these people in Ghana are excluded from schools and opportunities to work, virtually guaranteeing that they live the rest of their lives as beggars and the poorest of the poor. Yet, these people have a lot of potential to take part in the development of Ghana.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
The solution has three distinct phases:
1. Weaving Artefacts using dry grasses- To reduce the issue of bush burning and provide employment for the disabled, dry grasses which were previously left for bush fires which contributes to global warming, are harvested and used in making bags, baskets, mats, festive dresses, storage bags and more using the disabled and rural women as our workforce.
2. Smock Weaving: This is an indigenous textile production industry which has been a prominent rural industry with great intergenerational benefits as it received prominent recognition that can place it on the international markets. Therefore, some of the disabled and rural women are trained and equipped with the textile weaving skill in order to economically empower them.
3. Shoe Making: As a major producer of Shea butter, most communities in northern Ghana battles with the waste left after production as it serves as an environmental pollutant. But as part of the training done at ClimaCheck, an innovative way of converting this waste into the manufacture of shoes is being imparted. The residue from the shea production is mixed with a local compactor to produce the sole of shoes and sandals
4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?
Innovation is at the core center of the work of ClimaCheck as we believe that the skills being learnt by these people should be unique and stand at greater chance at demand and opportunity in the Ghanaian and International markets. Thus, we not only empower them with production skills we educate them on proper entrepreneurial, marketing and business practices. Moreover, trainees are grouped as cooperatives such that they will have an increased bargaining power when dealing with buyers and distributors of their work and also make it easier for more skill enhancement trainings.
5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?
Northern Ghana which serves as our area of operation is the poorest part of the country, thus the employment and training of the rural women and disabled, who represents the most marginalized in northern Ghana equip them with skills to be economically independent as they are provided with the prowess to be able to design artefacts, shoes and even weave smock which can be sold both in all markets. They are provided with the ability to create their own sources of income through the making and selling of their products. Decent work is what is provided for these women and disabled thereby bridging the inequality in the Ghanaian society and fostering economic development.
5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress
The organization is fostering technical and vocational skills in the Ghanaian environment as participants are well trained on hand made skills. Most of the people engaged by the organization have little or no education and are mostly noted as the beggars on the Ghanaian streets. So to prevent this situation of begging, ClimaCheck equips them with hand skills that can equally provide sustainable income for them and their families and contribute to their good quality life just like formal jobs.
7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?
Due to the lucrativeness of the local textile industry and the shoemaking industries, there a quite a number of other organizations into the textile weaving and shoe making, but due to the innovation used by us to convert the shea waste into the making of shoes has caused a reduced cost of production thereby giving us a pricing advantage over already existing manufacturers. Furthermore, as the government of Ghana is on a campaign against plastic waste the demand for plastics is losing favor and as our baskets and other artisans are made of grass, our market is widening.
8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We currently have 7 part-time distributors of our artefacts, 30 people have also being employed; 5 each from six communities namely Wamale, Savelugu, Sagnarigu, Kanvili, Tampion-Kukuo and and Jisonayili to harvest and supply six different species of grass and shea residue as they are our raw-materials for production. We also currently have 53 trainees, 41 being disabled and 12 young women.
With a daily wage of a little over $2, each person makes $16 a week and $65 a month with is above the minimum wage $61 monthly. Hence, for the people we have created a source of income for over 80 people both part-time and full time in the northern part of Ghana. SDG8 Decent Work and economic Growth. We have also tackled global climate change by reducing bush fires which results in the depletion of the ozone layer and conserved life on land. SDG13 Climate Action.
9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
The idea begun when it won a $5000 equivalent grant at the presidential pitch, an initiative organized by the Ministry of Business Development in Ghana. The recruitment of these trainees are done for free as most of them are mostly taken off the streets as beggars, but as a unique business model we ensure that once the trainee is recruited and helps in the making of the artefacts and receiving his/her commission payment for recruitment can be paid in installments by the said trainee. Also, a percentage of the profits that are generated from the sale of the artefacts, shoes and textiles are set aside as a reserve to be used as a plough back. Also, the venture seeks for investors and funding opportunities like this to further expand.
The organization was co-founded by three individuals:
1. Amin Dasana Abdul Gafaru serving as the Chief Executive Officer
2. Atawobe Wesoamo Irene the Products Research and Development Manager
3. Awanah Michael Atamakira the Recruitment and Relationship Manager.
The team also work with a team of three facilitators, they are highly equipped individuals in areas we are providing training. They serve as the supervisors for new recruits.
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Born to the northern Ghana, I have had my share of experiences as to the state of conditions of living in northern Ghana and had often wondered if the north lacked kindhearted or hardworking people. As a result, it pushed me into seeking more than just kindness or even hard work. I was pushed into volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship. I have come to believe that, to attain our personal and institutional goal we need to engage in activities that will develop us into ideal changemakers
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