Mai Dattaku Network for Empowerment and Development, a Kano-based Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, has empowered no fewer than 32 women in fashion design.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the NGO distributed a complete set of sewing machine to the beneficiaries.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries, on Monday, the founder of the NGO, Umar Farouq said the empowerment programme started with screening of 62 women apprentices, out of which 32 were admitted for the first batch of the exercise.
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 he spent the sum of N30 million for the empowerment scheme, adding that 70% of the apprentices were widows and 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 bid to alleviate poverty among us, especially women.
“I am calling on the beneficiaries to make a good use of this opportunity. Make sure you use these 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.