Mai Dattaku Network for Empowerment and Development, a Kano based Non Governmental Organization, NGO, has empowered no fewer than thirty two women in fashion design.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries, held at Kano State Library on Saturday, founder of the NGO, Umar Farouq said the empowerment programme started with screening of 62 women apprentices, out of which 32 we’re admitted for first batch.
According to him, the training started in February this year and ended in September, adding that the second batch of 30 apprentices would commence training in early October.
Mr Farouq revealed that the sum of N3 million had been expended for the empowerment scheme, adding that 70% of the apprentices were widows ans divorcees.
“This is a task that requires money and contribution. I launched a fundraising event in Abuja last month and I thank God many individuals and groups have contributed. I therefore urge all and sundry to contribute in a bud to alleviate poverty among us, especially women.
” I therefore called on the beneficiaries to make a good use of this opportunity. Make sure you use this skills to earn a living and help the younger ones,” he urged.
One of the beneficiaries, Zahra’u Abubakar expressed gratitude to God for making the list of the apprentices.
While thanking the founder of the NGO for the kind gesture, she also assured that the beneficiaries would judiciously use the opportunity in order to help themselves.
The NGO distributed complete set of sewing machine to the beneficiaries.