Almond Tree Project
This project first started when WAAF identified that to be able to sustain helping vulnerable persons, it would be necessary to look at long lasting projects. This was when the idea came about having persons who were skilled in beads making, batik tye dye , sewing etc be trained further, have them produce their productswhilst WAAF helps in the marketing of these products.
From working within their own space which was under a huge Almond Tree on the WAAF compound (hence the name), the project gradually grew as the members were deligently working whilst WAAF continued to assist in marketing their products. In 2007, the project took a turn when WAAF, with support from ECLOF- Ghana was able to get more PLHIV’s and vulnerable persons trained and also ensure they had access to start up capital.
AIDS committee of London, Ontario, through Canadian Crossroads International where very instrumental in ensuring the members of the Almond tree continued to be assisted. The group gradually built themselves up to becoming not only an income generating one, ensuring self sufficiency for its members, but also a support group allowing them to be there for each other in many ways as well as seek for other funding possibilities to enable them grow.
The group is very successful now with over 50 members and they still work very closely with WAAF. With the support of various partners of WAAF, we are now working very hard to build a facility at our new location in Haatso so their products can continue to be showcased and sold.