A total of 70 women survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Bauchi state were trained on Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) skills to become self-reliant.
The training was organized by Attah Sister Helping Hands Foundation (ASHHF), an NGO supported by Actionaid and global affairs Canada under the Women’s Voice and leadership project.
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Speaking during the training in Bauchi, the Programme Manager of the Foundation Kingsley Yalling said the training was to improve their basic business and marketing skills.
“Equipping survivors of SGBV with economic empowerment skills through VSLA programs yields positive results. Such as; diminishing poverty and exploitation, access to prescribed medicine, ensuring access to education for their offspring improving nutrition and impacts culture by changing the mind-sets,” he said.
He explained that a simple metal cash box used in the community as VSLAs had proved transformational in helping people find a way out of poverty and helping them to become more empowered,
Comfort Attah, the Executive Director ASHH foundation Said VSLA schemes said the beneficiaries were trained also on productive income generating activities.
A beneficiary ,Jummai Bala said the programme had brought them together to become economically viable in their community.
“We rely on each other and have become friends through the village savings and loans group. We are always together, just like one, to share our ideas and support each other, when women earn, everyone benefits.”