The impact upon graduate trainees has been immense, with 99% having succeeded in setting up new businesses. We have recorded an average increase of income for trainees of 500%. In real terms this translates to a substantial improvement of living standards for trainees and their families; being able to afford better food, household goods, livestock, better housing and land rental. Graduates have shown that their business are expanding with 28% employing workers, many able to invest in secondary businesses and all saving money with village savings groups. As significant as the increase in income to graduates, is the increase in their confidence, independence and ability to plan for the future.
The Global Concerns Trust is a Scottish based charity that aims to reduce poverty and empower vulnerable people through partnering organizations that implement sustainable grass roots development projects. The Global Concerns Trust has been working with partners in Malawi since 2007 to offer vocational training to adults with disabilities living in rural districts. Our partners MACOHA and KODO offer 6 - 12 month training courses in carpentry, tailoring and cane furniture making in Salima, Ntchue and Nkhotakota. Trainees also recieve business training, AIDS prevention, gender awareness and reproductive health training, and post training support to help them set up businesses. All trainees are provided with start up tools and materials which are donated and refurbished by volunteers in 8 workshops across Scotland and Northern Ireland.