Mafita, a five-year programme funded by the Department for International Development, DFID to address poverty and youth unemployment in northern Nigeria, has distributed a N50,000 worth solar-powered sewing machines as a loan to 70 women in Kano State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the distribution ceremony took place on Monday at Grassroot Micro Finance Bank, situated along Maiduguri Road in the Kano metropolis.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of Crow Funding Board of Trustees of Mafita, Aminu Dantata, disclosed that the beneficiaries were expected to pay back the money within the period of two years.
Mr Dantata, represented by his son, Tajuddeen Dantata, said the initiative was first of its kind.
According to him, the items were distributed on a zero-interest rate, adding that the tools and equipment were given to these women in a bid to help them earn a living.
He, therefore, called on the beneficiaries to make good use 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 was inaugurated with a view to carrying on with the activities of the NGO from where its founders stopped.
According to Mr Dantata, in an interview with newsmen at the inauguration ceremony in 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 comprises representatives from the government 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 put our hand on deck to support the common citizens,” Mr Dantata said.