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Save the Children empowers 223 women

February 22, 2021

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

Save the Children, through their three years ‘Gender Biznes Project’ has transformed the lives of over 223 vulnerable women at Lumley,Aberdeen, Murray Town and Waterloo.

The three-year project funded by Irish-Aid aims at empowering vulnerable households economically. It is also a new strategy to tackle teenage pregnancy in those households Save the Children considered most vulnerable. 

The project is implemented by the Livelihood Development for Human Right Promotion (LIDFOHRP) a Non-Governmental Organisation.

Speaking during the graduation and share-out ceremony last Friday, February 19 at the Aberdeen Community Centre in Freetown, Lead Consultant and Director of LIDFOHRP, Abdulai Bangura said  in October 2019, his organisation won a bidding for a consultancy services for the implementation of the Village Savings Loan Association (VSLA) livelihood component of the gender-Bizness project. 

He said they later conducted training for members of the VSLA group and that they were supported with business materials with each members receiving Le750,000.

He said the ceremony was for all the six  VSLA group members to graduate  after working with them on how to do business and maintain savings cycle, and also to share their annual savings from the project.

He said one of the uniquenesses of the project is that it helps beneficiaries to be able to save money on their own and do their business without taking any loan.

Also speaking, Project Officer at Save the Children, Alex Kargbo, congratulated all the 223 women for going through the business skill training and for the progress made in the project. 

He said Save the Children conducted a research, which showed that one of the main causes of teenage pregnancy in those communities is poverty; hence they supported the most vulnerable households. 

“Let me say this here that this project does not belongs to you, it belongs to your children.It is just that we cannot give the money to those children directly,” he said.

He called on all the beneficiary parents to ensure they use the money on their children so that they will not go and get pregnant.

Representative from Irish-Aid,Aminata Jalloh said the ‘Gender Bizness project’ is one of the many projects they were funding in the country. 

She said lot of the programs they were supporting are livelihood and that they support more of girls and adolescents across the country. 

Many of the beneficiaries who spoke on the event including Lettie Sandi, expressed gratitude, stating that the project has helped transformed their lives and homes.

She said the training they acquire from the project has helped them a lot on how to do business and be able to save money for themselves without taking any loan from any loaning company. 

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