FUSAID Ghana is a registered non-profit organization focused on Women’s Rights, Entrepreneurship and Health, targeting the grassroots (rural communities). Established in December 2013, the organization has carried out some projects towards ensuring positive change in the living standards of people in Ghana and in other parts for the world.
Their mission is to contribute greatly to the growth and development of women and girls in rural communities.
Here is an interview with the founder of FUSAID Ghana, Fusena Aziz, who’s part of the Africans Building Africa community.
1. Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Fusena Aziz, a social entrepreneur and gender journalist from Ghana, West Africa. I am the Founder and Managing Director of FUSAID Ghana, a non-profit organization which is aimed at empowering women and girls through positive projects and initiatives.
I am a product of Ghana Institute of Journalism, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and also served as the Women’s Commissioner of the Students’ Representative Council for the 2015 Academic year.
FUSAID was borne out of my passion to impact lives of less-privileged people in society and officially began work in 2014, during which we made our first donation to the Weija Leprosarium in Accra, Ghana. In May 2016, we partnered with the Concerned Africans Youth Forum for the 2nd Edition of the biennial Model ECOWAS Summit which was aimed at empowering West African Youths through leadership-oriented projects.
During the 2016 election period, FUSAID organized and launched a peace campaign themed; ”All For Peace, Ghana Remains One” as a means of contributing towards the maintenance of peace in the country. We have since embarked and focused on the Everything Woman Global project, spreading our empowerment campaign across other countries whiles putting together other life-changing projects to empower the world.
2. How much did you need to start your business and how were you able to raise that capital?
Well, my focus was and has been more on trying to impact and change lives and our first capital was needed to officially register the organization as a recognized agency.
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3. What are some of the challenges you face in your business and how do you overcome those challenges?
Well, when I began with FUSAID, I was officially unemployed and that came with the challenge of having to raise some finances to embark on some of our projects. That has changed now because, having started with my catering business, I am able to support some of these projects. It has not been easy but I’m much more interested in the impacts of my work on others that I am yet to think about these challenges.
4. Where do you see your business in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
In the next five years, I see us successfully setting up and completing the FUSAID Vocational Training Center which will train young girls with some vocational skills and get them self-employed. Unemployment among these girls push them into risky and sometimes inhumane ventures. We want to reduce or possibly eradicate that which we choose to call our ‘short’ term goal.
5. What advice would you give to entrepreneurs wanting to start a business or invest in Africa?
Well, it is a fact that entrepreneurship whether profit or non-profit isn’t an easy venture but one must bear in mind that giving up is also no option at all. I used to cry sometimes from the comfort of my room when things seemed unbearable but a few years down the line, I am glad I never gave up.
Keep your eyes on the price, keep believing in your strength and efforts, lets see how things will turn out.
6. How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
We are currently working on the Everything Women Global Initiative. This initiative seeks to empower women and girls on a global scale. It focuses on projecting the achievement stories of entrepreneurs and leaders at the grassroots, delves into issues affecting women, while suggesting and providing solutions to these problems.
One problem that hinders the growth of Women Empowerment as a necessary tool for global development is unemployment among rural girls and women. In our bid to curb this menace, we have put together various empowerment projects such as the FUSAID Annual Vocational Training Project with its maiden edition to be launched in mid 2018, it is to serve as an opportunity to equip rural women and girls with various vocational skills to be able to cater for their basic needs.
Basically, FUSAID is aimed at empowering women and girls through positive projects and initiatives, whiles catering for the welfare of the less-privileged.