FIRST WOMEN'S DRIVING ACADEMY (FiWDA)
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
1. More women drivers will be produced to join the driving profession and thereby bridging the wide gap between men and women in the driving profession in Ghana. 2. This project will also tackle the problem of gender inequality and will fight for the right of women in Ghana. 3. It will also equip the women with employable skill in driving at this crucial time of high rate youth unemployment in the country. 4. It will also reduce the number of precious lives normally claimed by road accidents. 5. Driving schools are run for three months in Ghana. Which means, admissions will take place four times in a year. According to information from the national president of Ghana National Association of Driving Schools, each student is paying 620 Ghana Cedis as tuition fees. As the first and only women's driving school in Ghana, we will admit not less than 50 students in each batch. This will give us gross amount of 31,000 Ghana Cedis every batch. When expenses like rent, salaries, printing and stationery, maintenance of vehicles, fuel and power, publicity and advertising, etc. estimated at 13,000 thousands Ghana Cedis is deducted from the gross amount of 31,000 Ghana Cedis, we will realize about 18,000 Ghana Cedis Net amount at the end of one batch. The four batches in a year will therefore give as a net amount of 72,000 Ghana Cedis(18,000 * 4) which means it is a laudable business which will change the life of many women in our communities all over Ghana. 6. Students loans and scholarships which are going to be introduced is another factor alltogether which will increase the number of women which will benefit from our training program. The more women are trained, the more better chances will also come to our communities.
Sustainability and future plans
1. We are registered as a limited liability company. 2. We will apply to NGO's and benevolent societies to give assistance to our project. 3. A part of our profit every year will be reserved and reinvested into the business. 4. We will collaborate with government establishments which work on road safety and also give financial assistance to projects like ours and also join the Association of African Entrepreneurs and other global business associations for assistance and advice. 5. We will open and operate accounts with recognized banks. 6. All our money will not be put into one basket but rather invested into other profitable businesses like purchase of Treasury Bills, Fixed Deposits, etc. 7. When the first women's driving school is well established, we will extend our branches to other regions of Ghana so that it gets nearer to women who may like to participate from the various regions throughout the country. 8. We will create awareness in women through advertisement, public educations, churches, schools and house-to-house campaigns.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Rejoice Etornam Foli, (aged 25) from Akome Gbogame in the Ho West District of the Volta Region of Ghana. I got my basic education at Akome and Kpedze after which I proceeded to EP Church Mawuko Girls Senior High School at Ho. I then enrolled at IPMC College of Technology at East Legon in Accra where I am pursuing my advance diploma course in Data Base technology which will qualify me to become a database expert. I am the founder and head of First Women's Driving Academy (FiwDA) since January 2015 to date and I have also worked as an administrator of ATTC Driving School. I am a member of Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI, Network and Rotary Club International.