The business training workshops include modules in risk management and customer service, basic bookeeping, inventory management, product promotion and the dangers of selling on credit. This training programme is vital to ensure that all of our Deki entrepreneurs are well equipped to manage their loans confidently and responsibly. The sessions also allow for group workshops to learn about women’s rights and family planning.
Meeting regularly provides a space for women to build their social networks and for collective problem solving where they can support each other in their businesses and to discuss family issues.
Only one in three women in Togo have access to a bank account, so we provide training in how to manage finances both in the home and in their business. Including the difference between working capital and profit, so that the women learn how to invest into their business long term.
This programme is designed to create a supportive and enabling environment for women to increase their skills, resources and agency, to grow their confidence as well as their income.
It is a place for women to come together and support each other, as women, as mothers, as friends and as business owners. It is where they have the opportunities to learn how to make the changes they want to see in their lives and start to work their way out of a life of poverty.