Nestle Builds Capacity of its Vendors in Accra

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…launches ‘My Own Business’ Association

In line with its Creating Shared Values (CSV) initiative which enables it contribute meaningfully to society while ensuring long-term success of its businesses, Nestle Ghana Limited, has held a day’s workshop for operators and vendors Nestle products in the greater Accra region.

Over 600 participants, mostly young people took part in the programme that saw them receiving training in personal hygiene, maintaining pushcart and accessories, food safety and quality awareness as well as a motivational talk on entrepreneurship, among others.

A Quality Assurance expert with Qualms Group, Mr Adjei Tawiah took the participants through how to stay on top of your business even in the face of stiff competition; food safety and personal hygiene.

“In everything there is competition but the best way to remain in business is by raising the quality of your standards,” he told the participants.

He also advised them against acts that can cause food poisoning if not checked, emphasizing the point that there are laws in Ghana that criminalizes food poisoning, as such, if their action or inactions lead to a customer suffering food poisoning the laws of the country would deal with them.

“Food poisoning is an offense according to the laws of Ghana. PNDC Law 305 (B) is clear on it and this explains why you must try to be hygienic at all times to avoid any issues,” he further stated, adding that “How you keep the cups that you use is as important as how you keep the drinks or products that you sell. Always ensure that you avoid contaminating the product”.

He also advised them to dress presentably, bath appropriately and wash their hands regularly while performing their duties as entrepreneurs who want to own their business.

Some of the vendors who were identified to have excelled in their business over the past one year by exceeding their targets among other criterions were singled out and awarded with interesting prizes.

A motivational speaker, Mr Jerry Panou, urged the participants to set personal goals in life and strive to achieve them. He advised them to take their trades seriously because there are examples of many people today who started from very humbled beginnings but are successful today because they kept their focus and also saved towards their goal. He urged them to pursue self-discipline because it canl open doors for them in many ways.

“Your Pushcart and Shoulder Kits are your office, so the seriousness you show towards your office determines how professional you can be when entrusted with bigger offices,” he stated.

My Own Business (MYOBUS)

The programme was also used to launch an association for the vendors dubbed “My Own Business” (MYOBUS). A five member executive body was also commissioned to steer the affairs of the association. The objective is to ensure that they have a united body that would seek their welfare and professionalism at all times.

Explaining the concept in an interview with, Mr. Jude Ekow Addison, Nestle Professionals Manager, said the initiative is aimed at driving entrepreneurship and employment avenues among young people in Ghana.

“My Own Business” involves having your own business set up and then Nestle supports you with the equipment and visibility materials that are required to drive the business.

“There are a number of entrepreneurs who through this avenue of business have own kitchens and have employed people who sell Nescafe and Milo-all-in-one products. A lot of young people have been employed through this initiative and they are all over the country. It has been a real source of employment for them and we have been doing this for over 17 years,” he stated.

“Today you heard a lot of success stories from the participants during the workshop, you heard how this initiative has brought so much into their lives, touching their lives and that of their extended families. It is a tried and tested initiative which is still working,” he further stated.

According to Mr Addison, Nestlé has demonstrated enough commitment to ensure that the programme is sustained and that the company will continue to support young people and serve as their source of employment so young entrepreneurs can have more success stories to tell.

“As part of this initiative we have periodic workshops which we use as an avenue for training and retraining of our operators and vendors and what you saw today is to re-equip them with the resources that they need in terms of capacity building.

“So you saw today a motivational speaker who reinvigorated them so they could have passion and goal for the business and where they want to get to in life, not only as people who always work for others. After some time when they are able to put themselves together we can open kitchens for them so they can become entrepreneurs and employ others.

“We teach them about hygiene which is very important, we teach them about safety because they work with several things including gas and fire, we equip them with all that is needed to make them better in terms of their own well-being and also to enhance their business.

Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson ||

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