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18.05.2003 Regional News

NGO train fruit sellers in Cape Coast

By gna
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The University of Cape Coast branch of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), an international students' NGO, spent more than 2 million cedis over the past two years in the training of 61 small-scale fruit sellers in the Cape Coast municipality.

The beneficiaries who were coconut and pineapple sellers were educated on innovative ways to package the fruits and to prepare pineapples juice to curtail waste and maximise profit.

Mr. Charles Asmah, President of the branch, speaking to the GNA on Friday at Cape Coast, said SIFE had been developing projects to help solve the problems of small-scale businesses.

He said fresh coconut and pineapple sellers could improve their incomes with good and attractive packaging.

Mr. Asmah said the UCC branch of SIFE, which was established two years ago, had among other projects undertaken floral design, waste management, trade and commence.

He said the organization would organise a workshop on Value Added Tax, Social Security and book keeping for commercial drivers and small-scale entrepreneurs in Cape Coast.

An Investment Club would soon be established at the University to serve as an avenue for students to purchase treasury bills and shares.

Mr. Asmah said SIFE was committed to helping people to improve their lives through free enterprise education and appealed for support.

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