(In collaboration with European Union, Mauritius)
The Association Mauricienne Des Femmes Chefs D’Entreprise (AMFCE), under the presidency of Mrs. Margaret Pan Sin, has implemented the above mentioned social project for empowerment of women, particularly coming from the informal sector and who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The project was financed by the European Union under the Decentralised Cooperation Programme (DCP) II. It aimed at sensitization and education of women on preventive health practices, food handling, health and safety as well as coaching of potential women entrepreneurs for economic empowerment.
We have implemented the project over eleven months from December 2014 to November 2015 and the project has gained high appreciation from beneficiaries due to awareness developed in pertinent subjects (Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Entrepreneurship, etc.) and also due to strong linkages developed with various stakeholders (Community Centres /SILWF, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, NGOs/Force vives in targeted regions) supporting this social endeavour.
The project has reached a larger number (>300) of beneficiaries than initially targeted (100 -150 beneficiaries). The women beneficiaries regroup poor women entrepreneurs, micro-businesses owners /self-employed, unemployed with interests for business, cooperatives, women associations.
A summarized list of the achieved results is given below:
- 493 women participants in the various activities of the action;
- 17 activities organised for the socio-economic empowerment of the beneficiaries;
- 130 beneficiaries have their Health knowledge on Cancer enhanced and have benefited from free breast cancer screening (echography);
- 85 beneficiaries have their Nutritional/ Health knowledge enhanced and have benefited from dietician- nutritionist guidance for adopting appropriate lifestyle and food choices;
- 124 beneficiaries were trained on how to maintain hygienic conditions in their kitchen (home/business) to ensure close monitoring such as cleanliness, storage of food, equipment and chemicals, temperature control and personal hygiene;
- 151 beneficiaries trained in developing entrepreneurial skills; out of which a group of 50 are being supported through coaching and mentoring;
A B2B /Networking event was organised to disseminate outcomes and results and connect our beneficiaries to available services and facilities that support business development.