The assistance which will last for one month was provided to Sutukonding Beakanyang under the auspices of Beakanyang Kafo and was launched as part of activities marking International Women’s Day.
Speaking at the launch of the project, Mrs Maneh Kijera, President of Beakanyang Sutukonding thanked the British Embassy for providing them with such an important project.
Mrs Kijera also thanked Beakanyang Kafo for providing the required technical support towards the realisation of the project for her group.
She disclosed that the official start of the project was a dream come true for them and promised to take full ownership of it.
Earlier, Mr Nfamara Jawneh, the executive director of Beakanyang, said that the project aimed to provide group members with the requisite skills on how to locally manufacture detergents, soap, tie-and-dye and batiks.
The goal of the project, he said is to reduce poverty among women of Sutukonding village particularly members of Beakanyang Sutukonding chapter.
He added: “It is anticipated that the project would improve the economic status of the women and their families”.
According to him, the new skills to be acquired by the women should enable them to have more income to pay their children school fees, buy agricultural inputs and take care of other family needs.
Mr Jawneh further disclosed that as part of the project, 90 women would be trained and provided with tools to keep producing more soap, detergent and tie-and-dye clothes. He further disclosed that the women would also be trained on basic business management skills.
Commenting on the International Women’s Day, Mr Jawneh said women in Wuli like their counterparts in other parts of the country are contributing immensely to national development.
He added: “Women are very hard working and are playing pivotal roles in food security of the nation as could be seen in their daily activities. As we also mark this important day, we must ensure equal access to resources by women and say no to violence against women in all its form.”
On his part, head chief of Wuli West Alhagie Kemo Jatta, congratulated members of Sutukonding Beakanyang on the development. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the empowerment of women.
Chief Jatta appealed for more of such important projects for women in other communities across the Wuli west district. The high point of the ceremony was cultural performances and presentation of gifts to Beakaanyang officials by Sutukonding Beakanyang. There was also a march past by women of the area.
Tumani Danjo programme, officer of Beakanyang, chaired by the ceremony and the vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs Nyaling Sisawo of Sutukonding Beaakaanyang.]]>