Cultivating security through ACCEL Africa’s transformational journey

Kwame Kadiu, a 50-year-old coffee and cocoa farmer shares his incredible journey of personal and professional transformation thanks to the ACCEL Africa project. His experience was marked by the discovery of WIND (Work Improvement in Neighborhood Development) activities -A real change in his life and work.

Article | Paksou, Cote d'Ivoire | 24 October 2023
Kwame Kadiu, a 50-year-old coffee and cocoa farmer shares his incredible journey of personal and professional transformation thanks to the ACCEL Africa project. His experience was marked by the discovery of WIND (Work Improvement in Neighborhood Development) activities -A real change in his life and work.

Kwame learned about WIND's activities during a meeting in Bongouanou, where the director of the social system informed him of the opportunity. This meeting was the starting point for his discovery of the ACCEL Africa project and WIND.

Before WIND, Kwame described his life as chaotic, both at home and in the field, everything was in disorder. Nothing was organized, he had no shelter in his field, and the products were left in bulk. However, his involvement in the ACCEL Africa project changed everything.

Through ACCEL Africa, Kwame has acquired a multitude of essential skills for his work and daily life. Today, he knows how to organize his work tools, has a shelter in his field, a place to rest and a space to store empty packaging. He also learned to sweep his house with long-handled brooms. The training provided by ACCEL Africa gave him a new perspective on his life and work.

Kwame credits his transformation to the project's trainers, who taught WIND methods. The training took place in several phases, including theoretical sessions, practical workshops and a phase of construction of improved objects such as fireplaces and long-handled brooms. Although the concepts were initially difficult to absorb, Kwame quickly realized that he could make significant improvements in his life and work. The training was a real revelation for him.

Through ACCEL Africa’s workplace safety training, I learned new essential skills. This training has had a considerable impact on my life, improving my productivity, my working comfort, and my contribution to preserving the environment."

Kwame Kadio
The impact of the training on Kwame's life is undeniable. He significantly organized his life and acquired new skills that increased his safety at work. He also shared his knowledge with other members of his community, thus helping to spread the benefits of the training.

Before his training, Kwame experienced an incident at his workplace involving a toxic product. Fortunately, the accident was narrowly avoided, but it could have had serious consequences. Today, thanks to the project, such incidents no longer occur in his field.

Kwame testifies that his health has improved, and his children no longer work in the fields. Working conditions are more comfortable, with a place to rest sheltered from the sun and rain.

He also expresses his desire to know more about health and safety at work, stressing that one should never stop learning. Additionally, he hopes mechanized farming will become a reality in his region, as labour becomes increasingly scarce, making the work more difficult.

Today, Kwame feels thankful for the new knowledge he has acquired to take care of himself at work. He can distinguish between his life before and his life today. He is happy when he looks at what he has achieved as his house has become a more organized and safe place.

Kwame Kadiu's story is an inspiring example of how education and training can transform an individual's life and positively impact a community. We are proud to share his story and hope it will inspire others to continue learning and improving their working and living conditions.