TANF will select 15 women from conditions of abject poverty determining the most immediate help each woman needs in order to fight the poverty and create sustainable income source. Combination of skills training, money management training, subsidy in transportation, or purchase of essential equipment, these women will be given the necessary tools to help them start and grow their micro-businesses. On-going mentorship will then be provided to assist them in pursuing their goals successfully.
Whilst TANF Ghana realizes the importance of making sure every child has the opportunity to attain access to proper healthcare and education, this alone only serves to address one singular aspect of poverty. In rural communities, the majority of adults work in the informal economy which places them at a greater risk of a number of factors, including volatile commodity prices, rising costs, low earnings and little potential to make any savings resulting in facing hopeless poverty often “needing” their child(ren) to step out of school in order to make a contribution to household earnings for survival.
Single mothers living in conditions of abject poverty must be given a pathway to rise from the informal economy into the formal economy through attainment of higher wages and subsequently a higher standard of living. Due to their socio-economic disadvantage, the tools to alleviate their situation must be provided to help them towards the goal of economic self-sufficiency.
TANF’s MicroFinance program believes to provide the local women with access to a stable working environment, assisting them in building a sustainable micro-business which would elevate their life quality and also allow their child(ren) to be able to continue attending school while they take care of the earnings. In the long term we therefore hope to see more independent women and the eradication of child labor.