NGO empowers 18,000 women in North East

By Ahmed Jada

Bauchi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Rahama Women Development Programme, has trained and provided soft loans to about 18,000 women across four states of the North East region in the past six years.

The Chairman, Board of Directors of the NGO, Mallam Mohammed Bello, disclosed this in Bauchi on Wednesday at the end of the year meeting of the NGO.
“We have trained over 15,000 women in Bauchi, Alkaleri, Tafawa-Balewa, Katagum, Darazo, Zaki, Dass, Misau and Bogoro local government areas (LGAs) in Bauchi State.

“We have equally extended similar support to about 3,000 women in neighbouring Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau states in the past six years,” Bello said.
Bello also revealed that disbursements of loan to beneficiaries were preceded by training on financial management to equip the women with basic skills required in running businesses at the grassroots level.
“Beneficiaries of Rahama loan scheme acquired skills in trades such as sewing, Knitting, spaghetti making and production of local packaged food.
“Subsequently, all of these beneficiaries were supported with machines for their businesses,” he added.
Also, the Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Miriam Iliya, said, “under the health component of the NGO, about 480 Community Based Health Volunteers (CBHVs) were trained to carry out household counseling on family planning.
“They were also trained to carry out counseling on reproductive health as well as maternal and neonatal child health care in Alkaleri, Kirfi and Itas/Gadau LGAs of Bauchi state”.

She further said, with funding from USAID/TShip Project, the CBHVS were trained on basic knowledge of care for pregnant women, recognition of danger signs.

Others include birth preparedness, prevention of Malaria in pregnancy as well as prevention and treatment of basic household illnesses.
In his remark, the Chairman, board of trustees, Mr Abdon Dala‎ Gin, expressed satisfaction with the objective of the NGO which he said, focused on the vulnerable including women and children.

He commended the NGO for providing services to humanity, assuring that the Board of Trustees would continue to add value to the activities of the NGO in Bauchi state and beyond.

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