Group empowers 20 women at Abuja IDP camp

In a bid to promote sustainability and self-reliance among women, the Hope Raisers Global Foundation (HRGF) has pledged support for 20 women empowered through their skill acquisition programme.

Initiated in May 2024, the project equipped participants with vocational skills and materials for liquid soap making, with backing from Convexity Humanitarian Aids Transfer Solutions (CHATS).

Its Founder, Angonimi David-Imeh, during the second and final phase of the training held on Friday at the Area 1 IDP camp in Durumi, Abuja, emphasized the organization’s commitment to transforming the narrative of unemployment.

She highlighted the foundation’s vision of fostering local economic production and providing these women with the tools needed to achieve financial independence.

Mrs. David-Imeh explained that the training not only aimed to reduce unemployment but also sought to empower women to become economically productive members of their communities.

The initiative, she noted, is a critical step towards promoting sustainable livelihoods and ensuring that these women can support themselves and their families.

David-Imeh shared the foundation’s commitment to equipping internally displaced women with accessible and practical skills, empowering them to support themselves and their families.

She stated, “Following the initial training, we provided seed funds to the participants. This marks the second and final phase of our skill acquisition program.

“We specifically targeted women with no prior experience in skill acquisition, as many of them are the primary breadwinners. This camp was selected after a round of testing and vaccine distribution for individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis.

“Recognizing the high cost of Hepatitis treatment and management, our funding partners prioritized women who tested positive for the disease, prompting this targeted intervention at the camp.”

“Our organization choose skill acquisition for sustainability, this is the only thing that can sustain them in the sense of continuity. After the first phase we had to give a break to monitor what they were doing, how far they have gone, watch and see if they were making progress and then to add to what they are doing.

“This training is purely business to enable them have financial resources to tackle basic needs.

“From time to time we will continue to contact and engage with them to see if their businesses are sustained. This is very important, as we do not want the beneficiaries to have the notion that this is charity, for them to spend up their capital and go back to square one. We do not want them to good back to square one.

David-Imeh also disclosed that, a savings scheme in collaboration with Jaiz bank was organized for the women to enable them save their money.

Chief Business Officer of Convexity Tech Limited, Ogedegbe Uyoyo, highlighted the transparency of the relief distribution process, explaining that each participant’s name was scanned with a code to ensure accountability.

“We implemented this system to ensure complete transparency,” Uyoyo explained. “By scanning the participants’ names, donors in the US can see in real-time exactly where their contributions are going. When we call out Hauwa Mohammed’s name, the donors can see and verify who is receiving their support.”

One of the participants, Naomi Godiya, expressed her gratitude to the organizers for maintaining the intervention. She shared that the proceeds from her soap production have helped her feed her family and enroll her two children in school.