About one hundred and fifty market women from the Owerri Federal Constituency have received financial grants from a federal lawmaker.
The empowerment program was facilitated by member representing Owerri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Engr. Ikenna Elezieanya, which was tagged “Financial Grant to Rural Market Women in Owerri Federal Constituency, phase 1”.
In his address, Elezieanya reminded the people that the empowerment was part of his promise on assumption of office having promised them quality and effective representation in addition to making their welfare and progress paramount.
The women, who were about a hundred and fifty in number, according to Elezieanya, got cash of a hundred thousand naira each to help them enhance their businesses so that they take good care of their families, as well as empower others.
Elezieanya was sad that the coronavirus pandemic affected businesses, slowed down economies, left many people jobless, as well as increased poverty in the land, hence the phase 1 of the rural women empowerment program.
“Therefore, to alleviate hunger and poverty, I set out on this journey of empowerment of which over a 100 women benefited today. We can agree that empowering a woman automatically empowers her family.
Women are shoulders on which their families lean on. I strongly believe that supporting our women who are already engaged in small businesses with these grants today will surely have direct positive impact in their families”, Elezieanya said.
One of the beneficiaries, Joy Ekedube, from Emeabiam, Owerri West, who promised to judiciously use her own money to boost her stock- fish business to barnish poverty, thanked God for using the lawmaker to impact their lives positively.