Another set of women who participated in a three-month skill acquisition program of the AUN Community Service Office completed their training on September 6.
The 150 women from the University's host community were empowered with training on how to make different items for them to sell. These skills include tailoring, shoe making, soap making, and perfumery.
Director of Community Service Mohamadou Dabo said the University’s development mission is the motivation behind the training, which started in 2012. “We care a lot about our community, so we need to take care of it and help the women become financially independent…We have trained more than a thousand women in this program.”
Besides the training they have already received, the office will empower them further with securing access to capital, marketing their products, as well as providing further financial literacy where they will be taught how to manage their proceeds.
One of the facilitators in the training of the women, the President of the Women’s Association, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, said the essence of the program is to eradicate poverty and to enable women to support their families. She said it was time women recognized that the era of waiting for men to cater for all family needs is over.
“I have learned so many skills from this program,” said Hauwa Usman, one of the beneficiaries. She added that her husband gave her money to buy materials and she made several items for her children for use during the Sallah festival.
Mrs. Florence Kalvin, a civil servant, said she decided to join in the training so that she can have a skill when she retires.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa