280 Borno women trained on self-em­pow­er­ment

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

Wor­ried by the in­abil­ity of women to ac­cess loans that could as­sist them to be self-suf­fi­cient, a group of Mus­lim women in Borno state has trained about 280 less-priv­i­leged women on how to source re­sources for self-em­pow­er­ment. A study re­vealed that though women are gen­er­ally poorer than their male coun­ter­parts, they hardly uti­lize any op­por­tu­nity given to them to at­tain their eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence no mat­ter how friendly a loan could be. It is on that premise that the Univer­sity of Maiduguri Mus­lim Women (UMMW) or­ga­nized a train­ing pro­gramme for women on how to en­hance their eco­nomic in­come and be­come self-em­pow­ered. The group was quick to warn, though, that it is not its re­spon­si­bil­ity to source for loans for the trainees. Chair­per­son of the group, Ha­jiya Has­sana Ibrahim Waziri, said the train­ing was meant to build ca­pac­ity and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties of in­come for less-priv­i­leged women to be self-em­pow­ered. Ha­jiya Waziri said the group is tar­get­ing priv­i­leged women who are house-helps, clean­ers and nan­nies in the univer­sity that are in dire need to be sup­ported with means that can help them em­power them­selves. She lamented that de­spite the sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for women to ac­cess loans from gov­ern­ments, banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions at very low in­ter­est rates, most of the women pre­fer to re­main in ab­ject poverty rather than col­lect and in­vest such loans in prof­itable ven­tures that abound all over the place. She de­scribed the one-day work­shop, which was sup­ported by the Nige­ria Sta­bil­ity and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Pro­gramme (NSRP), as a key mo­ti­va­tor for the par­tic­i­pants. She com­mended women for a good turnout and promised the group would con­tinue to train women in the state on var­i­ous crafts, trades and other ven­tures that could be prof­itable to them. The par­tic­i­pants were trained on var­i­ous small and medium busi­nesses on which they can easily ac­cess loans and in­vest. The women were told they can run the busi­nesses, which prom­ise lots of div­i­dends and high pa­tron­age, and with lit­tle or no risks, from their homes. Some of the par­tic­i­pants told Daily Trust they had learnt many busi­ness ideas that they could do with lit­tle in­vest­ment. One of them, Talatu Modu, was hop­ing to es­tab­lish a tai­lor­ing shop and a bou­tique where she would also be an em­ployer. “My brother had told me a long time ago that I should find a trade to do and promised to give me take-off cap­i­tal. I just got the idea from this train­ing. The busi­ness will af­ford me the op­por­tu­nity to be gain­fully self­em­ployed as well as be an em­ployer of labour. That way, I will pro­vide some ap­pli­cants a good plat­form to work,” she en­thused.

Cross sec­tion of par­tic­i­pants at the UMW self-em­pow­er­ment work­shop

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