U.S. Embassy launches two projects on Zamboanga del Sur

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 15 (PNA) – The United States Embassy through its Public Affairs Section has launched two projects that will benefit more than 800 women and 40 youths from conflict-affected areas in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that one of the two projects, called “Promoting Agricultural Entrepreneurship among Disadvantaged Women,” will enable women-farmers in the province of Zamboanga del Sur to become entrepreneurs and leaders in agricultural development.

The province of Zamboanga del Sur consists of 26 municipalities and one component city. It has a population of 959,685 as of the 2010 census on population.

The training is designed by U.S. Embassy partner Women Empowerment Movement Rural Improvement Club Zamboanga del Sur, Inc.

The two-year project will help beneficiaries expand their economic opportunities by helping them identify agricultural resources, markets, and technologies that can increase their incomes.

The project is funded by the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

The second project, called “Children of War,” aims to transform 40 youth from conflict-affected areas into peace agents in their own communities.

The innovative project will provide technical education and career skills certification, as well as offering training and certification in peace advocacy and conflict resolution.

The participants will then share their acquired knowledge, training 200 community peace volunteers from their respective communities to become leaders themselves.