No fewer than 25, 000 vulnerable women in Niger have been supported with a micro grant, totaling N250 million courtesy of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, said during the disbursement of the funds to the women in Minna on Thursday that the programme was aimed at improving the livelihood of the women.
He explained that the programme, which commenced in 2012, had 1, 000 beneficiaries in each of the 774 Local Government Areas of the country.
Dangote said the programme, which would ultimately cost the Foundation N10 billion, was aimed at complementing the economic empowerment and poverty reduction drive of state governments.
“The programme is meant to support socio-economic change through strategic investment and intervention that improves the lives of the less privileged in the country.
“The goals of the foundation are health, nutrition, education, economic empowerment and others,” he said.
The chairman added that the micro grant programme was one of the components of the foundation to provide vulnerable women with unconditional cash transfer of N10, 000.
He said the programme would help reduce their vulnerability and meet their needs, and that the foundation had partnered Access Bank to open bank accounts for the beneficiaries.
He promised to continue to support vulnerable women and deserving members of the society across the country and Africa as a whole.
In his address, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, commended the foundation for its positive impact in the lives of millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa.
He said his administration had prioritised women and youth empowerment as 5, 000 youths have been trained through various vocational skills acquisition programmes.
Bello added that the skills acquisition and empowerment programmes had helped in improving the standard of living and changed the socio-economic status of women and youths in the state.