A Kano-based non-governmental organisation, Alkhairi Orphanage and Women Development (AOWD), has trained and graduated 1000 women on various skills to improve their economic base across the 44 LGAs in the state.
The women were trained and empowered on how to make cakes, soap, liquid soap, perfume, beads, tailoring and weaving among others.
The AOWD executive director, Ruqayya Abdurrahman, said the organisation has already trained over 5000 women on various skills and supported over 10,0000 households with food items since its inception in 2018.
“I am elated today because this is the first time we are graduating this number of beneficiaries from a single set since the beginning of this organisation in 2018 to assist women, orphans and vulnerable children.”
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Ruqayya further noted that the organisation will continue to give priority to issues beneficial to women, orphans and the vulnerable, adding that it has sensitised 8000 women on attending antenatal at the nearest hospital in Kano LGAs.
In his goodwill message, the Emir of Kano, Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero, who was represented by the district head of Gwale, Alh. Yahaya Inuwa Abbas, commended AOWD for the timely intervention to empower women.
He charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the knowledge to establish businesses that would support their families and reduce poverty among households.
In a lecture on business development, Dr Aisha Aminu of Dangote Business School, Bayero University Kano, advised the beneficiaries to register their businesses with the Corporate Affairs Commission and leverage the opportunities provided by the Internet to learn more about their businesses.
She advised them on having a business logo that would become their business identity for sustaining and enhancing their own businesses.