Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Initiative for Women (AESDIW), an NGO, has trained and empowered 30 rural women and youths in Kwara on production of organic skin and hair care products.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants drawn from the seven local government areas in the Kwara South Senatorial District were trained in Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area of the state.
Dr Modupe Ogunniyi, the National Coordinator and Convener of the NGO, on Thursday, said that the training and empowerment was aimed at improving the trainees’ skills to provide them a sustainable means of livelihood and reduce poverty among the rural dwellers.
Ogunniyi, who noted that women and youths were indispensable resources of development in any nation, however, asserted that they were faced with many challenges such as neglect and limited access to finance.
Women and youths make essential contributions to the economic development of our rural communities.
This is because the cultural norms in this part of the country have long encouraged women and youths to be economically self-reliant and substantially responsible for their financial up-keep.
“Therefore, organising a programme of this nature is very germane to encouraging and improving the micro-economy of the state and improvement of the economic power of the less-privileged women and youths in the country.
“Let me assure you that this programme will give you adequate skills in production of body care products through the use of organic materials such as fruit extracts and herbs, which are very good and healthy for the skin and its rejuvenation,” she said.
The coordinator also announced that arrangement was being perfected to empower some rural women farmers in Nassarawa state soonest with agricultural inputs and modern farming skills.
She added that the NGO also had programmes such as Master Trainer Scheme Initiative, where identified less-privileged people were assisted through some training for months in the area they were interested in.
Ogunniyi, however, urged policy makers and the state government to partner with the NGO for a purposeful relationship that would have beneficial impact on the communities.
NAN reports that the NGO after the training presented a pack of start-up kit to the participants free of charge.
The convener also told NAN that the NGO had a platform for monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the trained and empowered people and would expand their trade through non-interest loan payable at installment with ease.
She explained that the vision of the organisation was to provide knowledge and support in agricultural and entrepreneurial skills on small scale for the less privileged women and youths to reduce unemployment and improve their living conditions.
In her remarks after the training, Mrs Faith Ayodele commended the NGO for the training, claiming that the participants had gained a lot from it.
Ayodele, an unemployed holder of National Diploma (ND) Certificate, said that the training and empowerment would provide her with a sustainable means of livelihood.
Another participant, Mrs Rachael Kolade, a retired teacher, said that she had got something to fall-back on after her retirement.
She said that they were trained on how to make soap, Shampoo, cream and lipsticks and provided with a pack of start-up kit.