September 29, 2023 12:16 am

AWEP organizes financial literacy, entrepreneurship workshop in Abia.

From TCNEWS

A two day capacity building workshop for women and youths between the ages of 18 and 40 jointly organized by African Women Entrepreneurship Program, (AWEP), Nigeria, Aspire Coronation Trust( ACT) Foundation and Access Bank in collaboration with the traditional ruler of Mgbarakuma autonomous community, Ubakala clan, has been flagged off. 

Flagging off the workshop at Ubakala Town Hall, Apumiri, Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia State, HRH Eze Ebere Ubani, the Akumaukwu lll of Mgbarakuma autonomous community, appreciated the group for bringing down the workshop which focuses on financial literacy, group formation, book & record keeping, business management and entrepreneurship as well as promoting the Sustainable Develooment Goals, to Abia State.

2nd from right: HRH Eze Ebere Ubani, the Akumaukwu lll of Mgbarakuma autonomous community.

Specifically, he appreciated the AWEP POWER Project Coordinator in Abia State, Dr. Mrs Grace Okaro, who is the immediate District Governor of Rotary International District 9142 for bringing the team to the state, and assured of his preparedness in ensuring that the project is a success.

A cross section of the participants.

The Royal father who advised the over one hundred and twenty participants to pay adequate attention to the trainers, also prayed God to give them understanding and the “I can do it”, spirit.

Addressing participants, the team led by the Project Lead AWEP POWER Project, Ms Amede Achingale, who expounded the AWEP POWER (Promotion of Women Empowerment and Rights) Project pointed out that AWEP’s vision is not just to empower the participants but underserved women who need a chance to improve on what they currently do to make a living and to further enhance them to be voices of economic change in their communities.

Ms Achingale who also stated that the participants will form clusters for ease of access expressed optimism that the workshop will benefit a large number of women and youths in Abia.

She also noted that the purpose of the collaboration is to train the women and youths to be independent and gainfully engaged in agriculture as a business, digital social media marketing, animal husbandry among others.

Also the Project Coordinator and Vice President of AWEP in South East Zone, Engr. Stella Eneh, in her speech, said that AWEP has expanded its scope to include other trade facilitation initiatives and opportunities of growth for the advancement of Nigerian women-owned businesses.

She said that the purpose of the workshop was to teach the participants things that will help them to be self-reliant.

In her speech earlier, the Abia State Coordinator of AWEP and the AWEP POWER Project, Dr. Mrs Grace Okaro, disclosed that the workshop which will be done in the three Senatorial Districts of the State was kicked of in Arochukwu last Monday with over two hundred beneficiaries.

The Abia State Coordinator of AWEP and the AWEP POWER Project, Dr. Mrs Grace Okaro.

She said that the POWER Project is in line with AWEP’s mission to build a network of highly skilled business women and youth by providing valuable information, access to market, finance and new opportunities.

According to her, AWEP Nigeria believes that, capacity building through training, promoting skills acquisition, adult education and mentorships would reduce the gender gap in education, health, political participation, and economic inclusion.

She called on Women Business-owners and Entrepreneurs to join AWEP in Abia State for networking and scale-ups.

It was gathered that the Groups will be mentored and monitored for progress and possible access to grants if they meet the requirements.

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