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12 start-ups receive support from HERPOL-Africa and MasterCard Foundation

Some 12 start-ups selected from the Northern Region have been supported to grow their businesses under a Covid-19 Intervention, Awareness and Project (CIAO II) being implemented by an NGO; Health, Education, Research and Policy (HERPol-Africa).

HERPOL-Africa with funding from the MasterCard Foundation, provided the support to the startups who were part of some 60 others who were taken through training and capacity building in nose masks sewing and detergent making.

The beneficiaries under the dress making module received sewing machines and other kits, that would enable them sew more nose masks that are essential in prevention of COVID-19, while others who were trained in detergents and soap making also received support in that regard as startups.

During a ceremony at the Youth Home in Tamale to present the items to the selected startups, the Executive Director of Health, Education, Research and Policy (HERPol-Africa), Dr. Osman Dufailu said the support was to help build the resilience of the beneficiaries and their household in the COVID-19 era.

He explained that phase II of the CAIO project targeted some 36 communities in the Tamale, Nanton and Sagnarigu peri-urban areas.

Dr. Dufailu, who is also a lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), explained that HERPOL Africa as part of its approaches empowered the beneficiaries with skill training in nose masks and liquid soap productions thus enabling the communities, socio-economically.

“This is an opportunity to change your destiny as we are not only equipping you with skills, but enlightening you through customer relations, interpersonal relations, managing your fiancés as well as  how to make your brands sell,” the HERPOL AFRICA boss re-echoed.

A beneficiary, madam Sule Binta from the Jana community recounted the support that HEPRPOL-Africa has given them, especially during the COVID era and commended their efforts towards making them independent and building their resilience.

Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti

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