PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS
–Community Life Advancement Project (CLAP) offers care and support services for people living and affected by HIV in Enugu and Imo States
While acknowledging the pivotal role partnership plays in the success of any organization, Bill Gate who is one of the world’s best known entrepreneurs said; “Our Success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.” For us in ECEWS, we can’t agree any less. Partnership has been the foundation of our very existence and growth.
In October, 2013, ECEWS/LOCATE project signed an MOU with CLAP (a Community Based Organization) to provide care and support services for people living and affected by HIV in Enugu and Imo states. This include orphan and vulnerable children and their households. They are also supported to carry out other wrap around services like gender norm activities in the two focus states.
So far, this partnership has been yielding fruitful results and one of those results is
Supporting the caregivers to establish a Cassava Milling Services in Amoji, Aninri LGA in Enugu State. This is our story:
Advocacy and continuous engagement of community leaders and caregivers by ECEWS Enugu state team influenced and stimulated community actions to empower rural women in Amoji, Aninri LGA in Enugu State. ECEWS in the APR period through the supported CBO (CLAP) saw an abandoned cassava mill in the community and pointed out the potential of the mill to generate enough funds to support the activities of the care givers in the community. The cassava milling centre was donated by Society for Women and AIDS in Africa in 2012 but was not put to use. The advocacy and continuous engagement yielded dividends, as the community through the care givers revitalized and put to effective use the abandoned Cassava milling centre. ECEWS team with support from community leaders and cooperation from caregivers made the centre operational.
ECEWS Enugu team motivated and continuously sensitized the care givers on the importance of income generating activities. This encouraged 23 caregivers in the community to come together and form a registered cooperative society with Enugu state government named Chiamaka Women Cooperative Society- a self-help project solely operated by the caregivers.
The 23 caregivers contributed N5000 each to generate N115, 000 (One Hundred & Fifteen Thousand Naira) used to procure a cassava milling jack (a simple machine that squeezes out water from milled Cassava) and other milling machine accessories. The group developed a work schedule for members that allows 2 caregivers to supervise and manage activities at the center each day. This roaster is rotational among 23 caregivers. The group also involved Adolescent youths, who are members of the Kids Club of the community VC program to provide supports especially in operating the cassava milling machine and jobs that will require lifting efforts. The group has also carried out publicity programs for the center as a means of attracting clients to the milling center and set up operational price that is 25 % less than what other competitors within the community charge. It is expected that at full capacity, the milling center would be generating at least thirty to thirty-five thousand Naira (N35, 000) a month.
As part of sustaining excellence in this partnership, we will support the Garri processing plant in Enugu to package, brand and sell their products at retail outlets like Shoprite and other superstores. The Journey has just begun………………………….