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Village Saving & Loan Initiative: 11 Bauchi women empower selves with N1.2m

The women at the event. | Image: Ahmed Ahmed

‘I sold all sorts of plastics such as buckets, cups plates among others to the immediate communities’

By Ahmed Ahmed

No fewer than 11 women from Jalam and Dagauda communities of Dambam Local Government Area of Bauchi State have, under the Village Saving & Loan Initiative and income-generating activities, have saved over N1, 295,200 within 18 months, which they used to become self-reliant.

The women, while recounting their testimonies to Nigeria News Flight in Dambam on Monday, commended SABEERASH Foundation in collaboration with FAHIMTA WOMEN & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE for the intervention.

The women disclosed after the share-out of the contributions that they engaged in various businesses such as buying and selling of women wrappers, grains, variety of plastic rubbers, palm oil, used furniture and other income generating activities including rearing goats, sheep and cows for business, which, according to them, improved their livelihood.

 The improvement was the result of Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) project of ActionAid Nigeria, which is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

A beneficiary, Malama Aisha Adamu Jalam, said the intervention was commendable and made her become self-reliant.

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“After the share-out I went into the business of plastics. I sold all sorts of plastics such as buckets, cups plates among others to the immediate communities.

“People troop to my house and buy those plastics, I become occupied controlling my business; no idleness with me.

“That gives the opportunity to take care of my immediate needs, that of my kids and the entire family.

“We appreciate the foundation for the intervention,” she said.

On his part, Project Manager, SABEERASH Foundation, Mr Joel Timothy, explained that the project mentored the 11 beneficiary’s success story through capacity development and series of women economic empowerment programmes.

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