The Integrated Community Empowerment Project (INCOME) has being ongoing since 2013. The ultimate goal is children in vibrant sustainable communities in Northern Ghana have the foundation to build a prosperous future. With emphasis in Women empowerment, Gender Mainstreaming and the improving nutritional value of our local foods, the project has been implemented in five communities in Bolgatanga municipality, Bongo District and Kasena - Nankana East Municipal Assembly. Some of the project communities include Vea, Biu, Yebongo, Zubgo, Lungu and Agusi. Some of the intervention areas under the project include: small ruminants rearing, animal traction support, Agro-processing, village savings and loans and basket weaving; the project over the years have made the following achievements;
- Increase in farmers yield; Over 450 of farmers majority women under the project were introduced to nuclear farming concepts and new agronomic practices such as system of crop intensification, urea deep placement and inoculants application leading to significant increase in yields in groundnuts, rice, maize and millet. Farmers experienced between 53% to 70% increase in yield compared to their own practices.
- Under the project, a total of 35 functional Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) have been set up with them mobilizing about GHȼ 125,000.00 yearly which they used to support their economic activities as in farming, petty trading and basket weaving, etc. These groups will continue to save long after the end of the project.
- In the area of nutrition education, about 415 women were trained on how to prepare different nutritional meals with available local food stuffs and items. Some of the beneficiaries have indeed initiated businesses based on these new knowledge and skills acquired.
- Another great achievement of the project was supporting young women and men in project communities to initiate entrepreneurial activities such as dry season gardening, soap making, guinea fowl rearing, etc. Up to 17 young people successfully started some businesses as a result of this support.
The project has been funded over the years by Canadian Feed The Children