North east Fife volunteers wanted for mentoring project in Ghana

Rotary members pictured on a visit to a weaving workshop.
Rotary members pictured on a visit to a weaving workshop.

Businessmen and women in north east Fife are being asked to give their time and skills to a business mentoring project in Ghana.

Being run through the Rotary District 1010, the four-week Vocational Training Team (VTT) Project will provide mentoring and business support to small businesses in the Kumasi area. The project aims to alleviate poverty through the economic stimulation of both commercial businesses and social enterprises.

A team of around eight business professionals, who have specialist skills in a range of areas such as marketing and IT, is being sought .

Each team member will be the main mentor to one or more enterprises, responsible for ensuring that each enterprise receives the full range of support required, drawing on the skills of the other team members as appropriate.

This will be achieved on a one-to-one support basis or by group sessions where common themes can be developed.

Additionally, a series of seminars and workshops will be developed and delivered to the wider business community in Kumasi.

An advance visit by Rotarians late last year identified a wide range of businesses in need of professional support including hairdressing and beauty salons, a retail grocery, blacksmith and dealers in native clothing.

And the expertise needed was also identified – business planning, financial management, sales and marketing, organisation development, sources of finance and IT.

The trip will be followed up by volunteers continuing to work remotely with their businesses on return to Scotland.

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and is located in the Ashanti region of Ghana, some 160 miles north-west of the capital city, Accra.

The VTT will work in collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Kumasi and Kumasi East (District 9102) from October 2 and funded by Rotary International.

More information is available by following the links from http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/news