Mafita, a Department For International Development, DFID-funded programme has distributed solar-powered sewing machines as a loan to seventy women in Kano State.
The distribution ceremony took place at Grassroot Micro Finance Bank, situated along Maiduguri road in the Kano metropolis on Monday.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of Crow Funding Board of Trustees of Mafita, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, explained that the items were worth N50,000, adding that the beneficiaries are expected to pay back the money within the period of two years.
Dantata, represented by his son, Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata said the initiative is a first of its kind, explaining that it is a zero interest loan given in the form of tools and equipment to women in a bud to help them earn a living.
He called on the beneficiaries to make a goodness of the opportunities and try to pay back the loan as at when due.
This newspaper reports that the Crow Funding Board of Trustees of Mafita had been inaugurated yesterday in a bid to continue facilitating the activities of the NGO from where its founders stopped.
According to Dantata, in an interview with newsmen at the inauguration ceremony, held at Prince Hotel, Kano on Monday, the NGO’s sponsors, UKaid and Adams Smith International are leaving by March, 2020 when their five-year programme expires.
“Rather than leaving without continuation, the sponsors decided to inaugurate a board that will continue supporting the NGO. The board has comprised of representatives government o and private organisations, business people, academics, clerics and women groups.
” The focus of the board is to work with government and solicit support from the government, private and well meaning Nigerians in a bid to support women and children in northern Nigeria.
“The organization will seek the support of people to empower women and children, including their education, skills acquisition in order to be self-sufficient. We are aware that the government is doing its best, so we need to out our hands to support it in supporting the common citizens,” Dantata said
Mafita, a five-year programme funded but DFID was created to address persistent poverty rate and rapidly increasing youth unemployment in northern Nigeria.