CAPABLE PHASE 1
Our pilot CAPABLE trained CSOs have recorded tangible and unfolding results. They have leveraged resources to support development activities in communities.
“Before CAPABLE, we were having problems with funding, our proposal writing skill was poor. We are now able to write proposals that are focused with sections such as risk assessment, stakeholders’ analysis, and logical framework as we were thought in CAPABLE class. We have received three grants of about N15 million. With these funds, we are implementing projects in 16 rural communities and 12 community schools, reaching women and youth. We have created jobs for 10 young people engaged in the field. All these would not have been possible if we have not attended CAPABLE training”.
This was a success story from Ideal Women Advancement Initiative, a CAPABLE beneficiary organisation. There are several stories told by beneficiaries of improved ability to submit winning proposals that have helped to increase their activities in the communities. More importantly perhaps is that participating organisations have shifted from the traditional grantor/grantee relationship and now see themselves as partners in their own success and organisational development, some expending their own funds to implement CAPABLE acquired policies and strategies.
“The Centre LSD/PIND mentorship program has given me a great opportunity for a good and sustainable source of livelihood, working on my own and not depending on anyone for money. Through the help of my mentor, I now have my own pond in the UUFFA. She helped me to get the fingerlings to stock the pond and gives me advice on the daily management of my ponds to get the best results. I am now a proud owner of a fish farm in the UUFFA and I am hoping to get more funds to expand the business and make more profit. I am very happy to be a business owner and an entrepreneur”.
This exciting story is from Akamune Ogheneogbukome, a CAPABLE YOUTH beneficiary. Of the 80 youth trained so far in the program, at least 30 are engaging in social work in their communities and 61 are currently earning incomes through entrepreneurship. Without prompting, each batch of trained graduates formed a non-profit organisation to contribute to social development and awareness at the local level. Most gratifying is the significant changes in the disposition of the trainees as we hear them testify to a change in their attitude and a renewed sense of purpose.
“There are changing perceptions of what fish farming is. The community does recognize us. We are strong in this community. We are no longer side-tracked as those backyard farmers any longer. PIND has wheeled us into mainstream and we know that in no distant years, we as farmers will have a stronger say than before’’
This story of confidence is from the leadership of the United Ufuoma Fish Farming Association (UUFFA) whose strengthened ability is helping them to serve their members’ interests better. Some enabled local organisations have also become co-facilitators for PIND projects and activities and a survey conducted by PIND in January 2015 showed that about 80 percent of the OCA service providers have used the skills to carry out OCA for over 80 organisations
CAPABLE PHASE 2
CAPABLE 2 has produced 25 market development facilitators and implementers from organisations across the nine states of the Niger Delta who are already adopting the approach in their work.
“After participating in the Making Markets work for the Poor (M4P) training, we have discovered that we should not be the ‘burden bearer’. All we need do is to facilitate the process of connecting them with resources – technical, material and financial resources available in their communities, local government, financial institutions, private outfits, development agencies, the State’’
This story is from Franklin Oloniju, the Executive Director of Life and Peace Development Organization (LADPO) who participated in the M4P training organized by PIND, MADE and PROMPCOM through CAPABLE in October 2015. Read more…