HACEY, Access Bank empower 100 girls, women in Ogun community
HACEY Health Initiative in collaboration with Access Bank has empowered 100 indigent girls and women in Magada Onimale, a community in Ibafo, Ogun State through its Back On Track programme.
Launched in 2014, the HACEY Health Initiative’s ‘Back On Track’ programme empowers indigent girls and women with vocational skills, assists and supports them in setting up businesses. it has empowered over 500 women since inception.
The programme also provide participants with sexual and reproductive health and rights education to enable them make better choices in life.
Studies have shown that girls within aged between 16 to 29 tend to be vulnerable while trying fending for their daily needs. In some cases, these girls engage in street hawking, prostitution and exposed to drug abuse.
According to the Executive Director, HACEY Health Initiative, the Back in Track programme was aimed at empowering women and girls aged between 16 to 29 without skills to independently earn a living.
Beneficiaries of the programme were empowered with skills in business, financial management skills as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Other skills include, funds management and basic accounting, production of liquid wash, disinfectants, soap making, and insecticide production.
Ms Rhoda explained that 15 of the beneficiaries were enrolled into hairdressing, fashion designing, and photography, while ten 10women were given startup capital for the production of soap and insecticide.
“At the end of the program, 2 beneficiaries of the initiative since 2017 were given sewing machines to start their businesses, as they had just graduated from Fashion Schools,” Rhoda said.
“When young girls and women are taught skills to help them become productive, it means they become active contributory members to their families and communities, helping them break the cycle of poverty as well as increase life outcomes for their children.”
One of the beneficiaries, Agboola Oluwaseun, a fashion school graduate appreciated the efforts of HACEY for empowering her with the skill.
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