Development cooperation , 04.10.2017

FREE: Ng'ombe Community Centre Skills Training, Product Development and Marketing Program


The project will provide skills training in multiple disciplines, some of which will be immediate income generating activities. This will take place at the Ng'ombe Community Centre, Lusaka. The skills training will focus on creating saleable products which will be marketed locally and in the European and United States markets. The products will use Zambia's natural resources and add value to them before export, enabling Zambians to benefit from the resources in their own country. Recycled materials will be used where possible. There will also be skills of a more educational nature such as computer lab class. The purpose of the skills training is both prevention and cure for young women at risk. The prevention takes place in the form of providing the women with skills that enable them to earn income. The following skills will be taught: • Computer use (IT) including keyboarding and internet use • Jewelry making • Sewing, including cutting and design The goal of the jewelry project is to add value to Zambia's mineral wealth before export, thus creating employment and wealth for Zambians. As the project advances, silver jewelry will be manufactured by capable individuals. FREE will be processing stones as part of the project. FREE has recently launched an eCommerce website: The jewelry will be sold on the website.

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Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Trade development

Field of activity

  • Women’s equality organisations and institutions 40%
  • Business support services and institutions 5%
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development 55%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • youth

Funding channel

  • Suomen julkinen sektori
  • Kehitysmaan kansalaisjärjestö



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