MTN Ivory Coast prepares girls for their emancipation

Posted on 05/06/2022 15:18 by APA

The MTN Côte d’Ivoire Foundation carried out on Thursday the symbolic delivery of the equipment to young pastry chefs as part of the “Yello Girlz” project at the SOS Village in Abobo, in the north of Abidjan. The symbolic delivery of the equipment concerns the “Y’ello Girlz pastry chefs”, trained under the “Tantiebaggage” project, said Ms Naminsita Bakayoko, Deputy Executive Secretary of the MTN Côte d’Ivoire Foundation, a subsidiary of the Group MTN.

Out of about sixty girls who have benefited from training in various fields, ten have been trained in the profession of pastry chef. With these tools, these ten girls can operate in the pastry sector.

“Today your life has changed and you have left the Abobo and Yamoussoukro markets to pursue a profession worthy of your new status as a young entrepreneur,” said Ms. Naminsita Bakayoko.

Giving them advice, he said “with the professional training you have received, you are now ready to demonstrate your skills.” Difficulties led these girls to leave school and work as porters in the markets.

“If you put your heart into the realization of your projects, if passion devours you and nothing stops you, it will have happened to us,” he said, quoting Mathieu Thomas. And, to continue, “be brave and apply everything you have learned in training and the doors will open for you.”

“Dear daughters and little sisters (…). Do not give up and always keep in mind this thought of Albert Einstein: In the midst of every difficulty there is an opportunity ”, he insisted.

The aim of this project is to allow girls to benefit from adequate training, to help provide concrete answers to questions relating to the integration of young people, their development and their well-being.

In its willingness to work for the empowerment of girls, the Foundation, through its Y’ello Girlz project, trains and equips girls who were previously porters in the Abobo and Yamoussoukro markets in order to promote their socio-professional integration.

The added value of this project is that in addition to realizing their insertion in the sewing, hairdressing and pastry professions, they have already benefited from training in the use of ICT to allow them to be able to market their products through digital.

The MTN CI Foundation is supported in this adventure by SOS Children’s Villages of the Ivory Coast, promoter of the project, and by the IFEF, institutions specialized in the training of women.

This Y’ello Girlz project cost 10 million FCFA. It took place over a 12-month period with a total of 60 girls selected, trained and installed.

As for the ten beneficiaries trained in pastry, they received equipment consisting of 10 kitchens, 10 whips, 10 large bowls, 10 silicone molds, 10 basic cake molds, 10 sets of decorating nozzles and 10 metal whips.

Through these activities, the Foundation and its partners intend to actively combat the young woman’s school dropout and allow her socio-professional integration to protect her from all forms of professional exploitation and promote her personal development.

This project also aims to “eliminate the scourge of child labor” and is being implemented with the involvement of the Ivorian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood and other partners.

Launched in 2006, the MTN Côte d’Ivoire Foundation supports projects that make a lasting contribution to improving the quality of life of the people of the Ivory Coast, mainly in the fields of education, health and entrepreneurship.

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