Dorcas Apoore dream to contribute towards the agenda for youth and women empowerment pushed her to form a Non-Governmental Organization known as Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education (ASIGE) with a vision to break the cycle of poverty through sustainable livelihood empowerment initiatives for women and young people in Ghana. ASIGE has trained women to acquire skills in turning waste materials into bags and baskets as well as using straw and raffia in weaving baskets.
Women’s Basket Weaving is a strategic long-term project to eliminate poverty among women and youth. ASIGE’s Basket Weaving creates wealth by allowing women to work in a group to harness the power of synergy. This dream came through with the support of a grant from The Pollination Project in 2017/2018. ASIGE has completed the construction of a multipurpose women empowerment center to train more women with the vision of eliminating extreme poverty.
ASIGE also work with persons with disabilities. Through this initiative, we touched the lives of over 2000 adolescent girls and boys on issues related to menstrual hygiene, menstruation and sexuality after we realized they are contributory factors to drop out among girls. Dorcas is a MasterCard Foundation at Camfed Ghana Scholar.
Due to the immense contribution of ASIGE to the SDGs, Dorcas was selected as one of the 16 young leaders around the world by the European Commission in 2018, where she made a presentation to a high level panel on women in Business, The use of Technology and Women in Agriculture in Belgium.
Again Dorcas was sent to Italy at the Friendship amongst people Rimini to make a presentation on women and Development. Also Dorcas was again selected by the Ministry of economic corporation of the German Government to exhibit the baskets made by the women she is empowering and also visited and gave motivational speeches to students at Technical and high schools in Berlin and Neuruppin. ASIGE is becoming a global organization through the effort of Dorcas and the products are sold worldwide.