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NGO empowers marginalised Oyo women

19 June 2015, 08:55

Abuja - Develop Africa, an international non-governmental organisation, has established initiatives to work with women at grassroots level in Oyo State.

The organisation is adopting a bottom-up approach, it said, to identify key issues faced by women within their communities.

According to information obtained by CAJ News, the programme aims to empower HIV-positive women, who are often ostracised from their communities due to the social stigma associated with the virus.

The programme will also focus on women from low-income backgrounds and often with little to no education who unable to adequately support themselves or their families.

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“This programme aims to provide women with a means of generating a reliable income by establishing small, sustainable workshops and businesses, where they can produce and sell a variety of products and services such as food provisions, hairdressing, or catering,” the organisation said.

Development Africa added it would finance the preliminary start-up costs and provides on-going management training workshops to facilitate their development and expansion.

The programme has created 54 shops, which have a substantive impact on numerous families by providing disenfranchised women with a means of empowering themselves within their communities.

- CAJ News


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