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19.03.2007 General News

NGO Assists Women To Be Self Supporting

By Stephen K. Effah, Adidome

WOMEN in five districts are to benefit from a micro-enterprise training and credit scheme initiated by International Needs, a non-governmental organisation, to boost their working capital.

The beneficiary districts are Akatsi, Dangbe East, Ketu North and South Tongu.

To this end, the organisation has started expanding and reviewing its existing micro-credit groups as a way of adequately preparing the beneficiaries before the take off of the scheme.

The Head of Project and Research of International Needs, Cromwell Awadey, said disbursement of the loans to the women is expected to begin within the second quarter of the year.

He was trainees, at the graduation of 149 women who had completed training in various vocations at the International Needs Vocational Training Centre on Thursday;

The trainess, each of whom received a set of start-up items, were sponsored by the International Needs USA and the Australian Agency for International Development.

Mr Awadey said the scheme which would begin with a start-up of 40,000 dollars, is being funded by the International Needs of the United Kingdom.

He said only women with an income generating activity would have access to the loan, and added that the amount to be given each woman would be determined by the size of her work and the ability to repay.

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