By Garba Muhammad
Arziki Grassroots Education, Youth and Women Empowerment Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has helped 195 widows and 90 orphans with trade tools in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The founder and Chairlady of the foundation, Mrs Arziki Sawa made the disclosure during the distribution of business Starter Parks to some beneficiaries in Garkida recently.
Sawa said 165 widows and 30 vulnerable women were trained in various small scale businesses, while 90 orphans were also assisted with free education materials.
She said that the aim of the training was to eradicate poverty among the less privileged and to uplift grassroots women, especially widows, to improve their living condition.
“A total of 165 widows and thirty vulnerable women were trained by the foundation in small scale businesses.
“These included soap and air freshner making and also how to link them with micro finance banks for cooperative soft loans.
“Also 90 orphans were also assisted with school materials such as text books, uniforms and shoes, among others,” said Sawa
She said that 15 starter parks were also distributed free to the widows, adding that all the beneficiaries were selected from the Christian Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN and National Council for Women Society (NCWS).
She called on other NGOs in the state and the country at large to focus their activities in rural areas to reduce abject poverty affecting women and children.
The chairlady noted that no any meaningful development would take place if people continue to live under poverty line, adding that government alone would not provide the needs of all.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ruth Daniel and Hajia Mairo Musa, representatives of CAN and FOMWAN, respectively, in the area, thanked the foundation for empowering them.
They urged similar organisations to emulate the foundation to alleviate the hardship being experienced by widows, especially those living in rural areas.