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100 women benefit from UN Women, SLBC gesture

July 11, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

The Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC), in collaboration with United Nation Women (UN Women), has supported 100 vulnerable women with start-up business kits worth US$600.

The gesture, according to SLBC Sales Manager, George Musa, was part of a global initiative launched by UN Women and Coca-cola to empower five million vulnerable women across the world by 2020.

The business items given to the women include two crates soft drinks, umbrella, ice chest, and table, plus Le10, 000 to buy ice cubes to cool the drinks before selling.

Musa said the first phase of the project would run from now to December 2016, after which another 400 women will be targeted nationwide, with US$200,000 worth of items distributed to them free of cost.

He said verification for the additional 300 women has already begun in the provinces and that their supervisors are advised to visit deprived communities to pluck out less privilege women.

 “Today hundred women are capture, and by next month another hundred women will be registered. The verification and selection process were free and fair. Our distributors were sent to deprived communities to register these women,” he explained.

He admonished beneficiaries to do their business with utmost seriousness as they would be visited from time to time, adding that any breach of contract would be detrimental to them.

The aim of ‘5 by 20’ campaign, according to the sales manager, was to promote and support gender equality and empowerment of five million women across the world.

One of the beneficiaries, Aminata Kamara, said she was very happy to have received the kits from Coca-cola and UN Women. The widow, who lost her husband to the Ebola virus, said that the gesture would enable her send her child back to school.

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