Business News of 2014-09-01

AngloGold trains women in soap-making

AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, as part its community investment drive, has spent over GH¢18,000.00 to train 25 women in five communities within the Obuasi Municipality in soap-making.

The women, drawn from Kokoteasua, Abompekrom, Dokyiwa, Binsere and Nhyieso were taken through three weeks of training in liquid and solid soap as well as other detergent-making.

The company, apart from the training course, provided the women with start-up materials to enable them to start their own businesses.

A total of 125 women from 15 communities will benefit from the training which also offers beads, pastries and Tom-Brown making among other things from August to December this year.

Nana Ampofo-Bekoe, Manager (Sustainability) of AngloGold Ashanti, said the programme is in line with the company’s core value of making the communities and the people better off than it came to meet.

“Even in the face of current production challenges, we have a role to play as a good corporate citizen,” he said, adding “communities cannot always depend on the mine for employment hence the move to help community members to become self-employed.”

He said the National Board for Small Scale Industries was its development partner in the training programme to give employable skills to the women.

Nana Ampofo-Bokoe commended the women for the enthusiasm and seriousness they displayed during the training, and expressed hope that the women will build on the investment to improve their lot.

Mr. John Owusu, Head of Public Affairs, appealed for the women to work hard in their various communities to generate the capital needed to expand their businesses.

“It is the hope of AngloGold Ashanti that the three-week training course in soap-making will enable you to fend for your families,” he said.

Mrs. Grace Boateng, a participant from Kokoteasua, praised AngloGold Ashanti for the innovation, which she said will position them in a better way to take care of their families.

Source: GNA
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