CAWI Staff recently embarked on the acquisition of skills on the production of soap and other cosmetic products. The training was organized by Women Synergy for Environment and Education in Partnership with Neat Cosmetics, Nature’s Gift and Forham Food and Cosmetics in Tiko from 18-22 August 2020.
Representing CAWI in attendance was the Director; Mbowoh Lucia and the Programs Officer; Mbunya Mary. The participants successfully underwent a program on soap making, cosmetics production, transformation and food processing, tie and dye of cloth, packaging, branding and business start- up. The outcome was practical demonstration and the production of hard soap, powdered soap, bathing soap (medicinal soap) liquid soap, Vaseline oil, mentholatum, balm, air fresher, mosquitoes spray, hair oil, bleach, body milk(rubbing oil), ovaltine, milk whisky. Participants were drilled on the casava transformation to flour, fertilizer, biogas as well as cocoa transformation to cocoa butter, oil, chocolate and mambo. Additionally, trainees studied the production of wine, bottled palm wine, refined oil, tomato paste, spaghetti, Berger, and mayonnaise amongst others.
The initiative of training CAWI staff was conceived with the intention to transmit this knowledge and skills to thousands of internally displaced persons in South west and North West Cameroon following the Anglophone Crisis. Most of these IDPs especially from the hard- hit Lebialem Highlands are in the forest enclaves and in the neighboring French Regions of Cameroon. Others are refugees in Nigeria and other countries. They live in deplorable and miserable conditions, unable to provide the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing education etc. Displaced women and girls will particularly benefit from the micro- enterprise project that will give them livelihood income, alleviate poverty and give them hope.
CAWI has throughout been working for the development of women and its Economic Empowerment Program and Revolving Fund has benefited hundreds of internally displaced women and girls.