The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), kwara State branch has expended about N2million for the empowerment of 30 indigent women in the state in the areas of soap making and cake baking.
The empowerment programme which was part of this year Biennial programme of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Kwara state branch was held on Thursday (April 26, 2018) at NBA hall, High Court of Justice, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The FIDA chairperson, Barrister Salmat Mohammed while speaking during the event said the motive behind the empowerment was not unconnected with the situation FIDA Kwara branch found most women in the state and thought it wise to contribute their quotas towards the upliftment of these indigent women in the country.
Barrister Salmat explained that the FIDA has the conviction that the beneficiaries of the empowerment would become self sufficient with the training and the provision of incentives which will ultimately make them to economically stand on their own.
She stated further that many women in the state have innaudanted their table with one assistance or the other, adding that it is on that basis that the FIDA KWARA unanimously agreed to put smiles on the faces of these selected less privileged women in response to the requests and assistance brought to the FIDA’s office.
Barrister Mohammad said FIDA is a non governmental organisation and non-profit making body but essentially concerns about welfare of women and children by providing legal serves, legal literacy and educative programmes through advocacy, law reform, research and publications.
She explained that the association had set up a standing committee to mornitor the activities of these beneficiaries and give them advice and support when the need arises in order to achieve the purpose for which the empowerment was instituted.
The resource persons who trained the indigent women on soup making, Mr Irewole Waheed and Adeniyi Toluwaleke described soap making as a lucrative business that requires litle capital like N1,500 to start.
They said soup has market value as everybody uses soap irrespective of status or class, saying that with soup making one can not only make a daily bread but also become a successful business mogul.
They trained participants on how to make 11 different types of soaps, among them are Sulphuric Acid, Texapol, Soda Ash, among others pointing out that they can be used to wash cars, clothes, plates, toilets etc.
In her own training, Barrister Bunmi Balogun who is also a specialist in cake baking, took the participants through on how to make different cakes in line with the modern practice.
Barrister Balogun advised the beneficiaries to see the training and provision of capital and incentive as a golden opportunity, and ensure that hold on to it tenaciously so as to justify and appreciate huge amount of money the FIDA had committed into the training exercises.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with our correspondent described the training and the empowerment as an eye opener and a journey towards the attainment of economic fortune.
They commended the FIDA for the gesture and expressed confidence that the training and the incentives given to them to jump-start the business would go a long way to move them out of the state of abject poverty to a state of self reliance and self sustained.