Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WEDP)

We hope to build an enlarged network of extremely vulnerable women providing support to one another and mentoring other displaced or vulnerable women and girls;  build sustainable businesses and be financially independent while resisting and seeking justice for acts of violence.

Hajia Kaltumi was forcefully displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, having lost her husband in the mayhem. With 5 children and herself to cater for, she and other Internally Displaced Persons rely on charity organisations and philanthropic individuals for support.

This is the reality of a lot of women in Nigeria, especially the Northern region as they battle with getting grips of their lives again after the terror attacks.

Since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009, Nigeria has an estimated 3.8 million internally displaced persons, out of which 53% are females. The quality of life of internally displaced people in Nigeria is disturbing. Female IDPs are mainly vulnerable and defenseless, due to the trauma they have experienced and having lost the male members of their families to the violence that displaced them in most cases.

They largely live on the goodwill of charitable individuals, faith-based and non-governmental organizations; and government aid for supply of food items, nutritional supplements for malnourished children, clothes, health care services, hygiene supplies and protection services.  Listening to the women was terrifying as they recounted their experiences of living in the same village with terrorists for days or weeks seeing people butchered; children and relatives lost. These women are from the most affected states of Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Zamfara States.

Responding to questions about their livelihood and integration into their host communities, it was gathered that the women have limited or no access to reproductive health facilities, quality education, decent jobs  and economic empowerment. They also suffer from different degrees of violence.

About 80 women have benefited from training in financial and digital literacy, entrepreneurship and business development. Supported by The Pollination Project, we have been able to fund 22 women’s businesses.Brave Girls:  

Brave girls : is a mentoring programme intended to build a new generation of fearless, passionate and socially responsible girls who would be dedicated making positive changes in their communities for the good of all.

The objectives of the programme are

  • to mentor girls in under-served communities in value re-orientation and leadership skills to grow as distinctive adults in their respective areas of endeavour;
  • develop a breed of female change makers who have a sense of community service and social impact to make real changes in their communities; 
  • train the girls and improve their socio-economic status and empower them to be financially independent.

The beneficiaries of the programme are migrated to the Girl Impact Hub where they seek support for their community development projects; training them into social enterprises.

Digital Skill Acquisition: Digital Literacy is the ability to understand, interpret and use information in different formats on digital devices. It is the awareness and attitude of individuals to meaningfully use digital devices and facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyze and synthesize digital resources, construct new knowledge and create media.

Digital Literacy trains people on the skills, knowledge and basic principles of engaging in online communities and social networks while informing them on the digital rights of other people.

As important as digital literacy is, studies have shown that a lot of Nigerian women and girls still do not have the requisite skills to match up with technology which hampers their businesses as 21st century entrepreneurs in all fields of human endeavour. Women need the knowledge of digital literacy to improve their businesses, expand their customer base, network with other entrepreneurs in their industry and enhance their skills in their areas of expertise.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • To promote and encourage girls to develop interest in and pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • To enhance the economic empowerment of women and girls by discussing skills that make them better entrepreneurs and relevant in the 21st century workplace and society at large.
  • To create an intimate relationship with a team of women for consistent follow-ups, discussions, interactions and partnerships as a support system for economic empowerment.
  • To create an intimate relationship with a team of women for consistent follow-ups, discussions, interactions and partnerships as a support system for economic empowerment.
  • To build a team of empowered women from diverse backgrounds who can in turn empower and support other women in their localities thereby increasing the network of empowered women.
  • To  improve the health and nutrition of women and children as economically empowered women are able to access healthcare facilities, make informed decisions about their health, fight malnutrition and most importantly, resist and seek justice for violence against women and other limiting factors to the actualization of women’s dreams.

The programme has had 72 beneficiaries in the first and second streams.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Education

Climate Smart Women

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