Indigent Women Empowerment Scheme (IWES)
The IWES is one of the key initiatives of Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation which operates particularly in line with SDGs goal 1&2 to actualize her mantra “touching lives everywhere”.
It is a fact that women are and have been an essential cardinal agent of formation and socializing process in the family and society in general. However, it is seen that most women are faced with many harsh challenges within the family or in the larger society, hence the difficulty for them to effectively play their role as “cardinal socializing agents”.
U-TOLF has partnered with different organizations and individuals to achieve the goal of alleviating the sufferings of women through various ways. In partnership with the defunct PATHS 2; a development project of UK Department for International Development (DFID), over 40 Indigent women were selected from rural areas and empowered in their various areas of interest like poultry and goat rearing. This has been replicated across the different local governments in the state and has till date over 200 direct beneficiaries and thousands of secondary beneficiaries.
U-TOLF has on numerous occasions shown love to the indigent through cash donations to start up petty traders, donation of wheel chairs to physically challenged women, grinding machine, food storage items. We have partnered with Unilever PLC in a Shakti women empowerment project to empower over 300 women from all the LGAs with small scale businesses.
U-TOLF does not only empower and support small scale business but also monitors the progress of every beneficiary occasionally.
Another IWES initiative launched by U-TOLF is the Sewing skills Acquisition training which involves training of indigent young girls and middle aged women in the practice of tailoring. The women upon induction undergo 3 months intensive training in sewing and hair making. Afterwards, the beneficiaries are certified and given sewing machines and startup kits to kick start their businesses. Over 500 women have benefited from this project.
Victims of Gender Based Violence are also beneficiaries of this scheme. We noticed that most of the victims of this act are solely dependent on their spouses and are considered liabilities which gives rise to frequent abuses. In order to give them some financial independence, we provide funds to help them start a trade or support their businesses.
This scheme covers several routine programs like:
- Mobilization and financial support of indigent women with cash and food items
- Provision of wheel chairs to physically challenged women.
- Training more than 300 persons yearly on skills acquisition such as tailoring, hair making, shoemaking, soap making, bag making, etc.
- Provision of food processing equipment for women agro processors in rural areas.
- Provision of sewing machines/sewing kits and other items for over 200 (according to beneficiaries’ interest) for indigent women.
- Provision of welfare package to orphanage homes, deaf/dumb organizations, home for the elderly and home for the disabled
- Monthly training and educational awareness and campaign for women across the state on capacity building and income generating activities.
- Support small scale business of over 300 women.
- Soft grants for victims of Gender Based Violence
- UK-AID DFID PATHS 2
- UNILEVER NIGERIA
- CADBURY NIG. PLC
- NIGERIAN BREWERIES LIMITED
- ENUGU STATE MINISTRY OF GENDER AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
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