The women livelihoods improvement project is anchored under the umbrella association known as the Sumbrungu Business Women Association (SUBWA). It is an association of over 2000 women grouped into about 60 discrete community groups. SUBWA is also unit under the Center for Sustainable Rural Development (CESRUD). The association was formed or established over 19 years ago with the aim of promoting income generating activities of women. It was a well thought plan of Mr. Rex Asanga to improve the lives of poor women. Mr. Asanga said doing so (helping the women to generate their own income) will not only help them and their children but the family as a whole.
The beginning of this association was not that easy but as the years went by the association has now found its feet and is helping the over 2000 different women groups with micro credit loans to help them in their income generating activities and pay back within a period of time with some little interest. Some of the income generating activities the women are engaged in are; basket weaving, petty trading, pito brewing, shea butter extraction, smock material weaving among others. These income generating activities have indeed impacted on lives of the women over the years in so many ways some of which are;
Other activities that generate income to support the running of the women center include;
As listed above, the women have a building where they meet for their meetings and other training programs called the Sumbrungu Business Women Center (SUBWA). This building was initiated and/ or planned by Mr. Rex Asanga with support from the Roden Werk Greop of Holland. The rooms for accommodation, Women meeting hall, Restaurant, and the Sumbrungu Community Library are all found within the premises of this building. Indeed, SUBWA cannot over emphasize the financial and technical support that is being received from the Roden Werk groupe of Holland.
In January and again in February, 2015, it was thought that stakeholders in the education enterprise needed to be trained on management techniques and administrative skills so that together with the teachers the schools could better run with community involvement as, in principle, generally expected by the government of Ghana.
In respect of this, there was a selection of 80 participants from the circuit, made up of a member each of the PTAs and SMCs of each school as well as the heads of schools (both the primary and JHS) and their assistants.
CESRUD engaged two facilitators who had vast experience in training that calibre of people and therefore the participants were taken through all the essential aspects of capacity building which included: