NGO provides economic empowerment to rural women in UE

Sumbrungu (UER) – Light of Hope Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working in Sumbrungu in the Upper East Region has supported and empowered women to go into income generating activities.

About 74 women have been empowered and supported through microfinance and loans programmes to undertake economic activities such as; basket weaving, craft work and other petty trading.

Light of Hope Foundation, is a nonprofit organisation with the vision to ease the financial burden as well as improve livelihood of rural women in Sumbrungu through entrepreneurial skills development and income generating opportunities.

Mr Elias Ayinbila Apasiya, the founder of the NGO, speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at a meeting with the women at Sumbrungu, on Friday, said commercial trees such as mangoes had always been the responsibility of women to plant, and they would be supported to grow them and other fruit trees that would provide them with fruits for consumption but could also be sold to generate income.

He said the poverty situation in the area was unbearable and could not be handled by only the men, hence the NGO’s support to the women to contribute to the upkeep of their families.

We assist them financially and entrepreneurial development to engage them in businesses that would help pay their children’s school fees and feeding of the family. It also helps them to pay for their medical bills especially with registration and renewal of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Mr Apasiya expressed desire to extend support to other communities in the Municipality whenever the NGO gets enough funds.

The Founder appealed to donor partners, other NGOs, philanthropists and institutions that are advocates of women empowerment to collaborate with them to improve the living conditions of the rural communities in the municipality and the region at large.

Mrs Atafila Akaribo, a beneficiary of the NGO expressed gratitude to the founder and said it had relieved them of the economic stress they had to endure over the years.

‘The group has given us opportunities to be self-employed through the support and training we receive, she said.

Madam Teni Ayamga, another beneficiary said the NGO had brought stability, peace and love in their families, since they were able to contribute to the upkeep of their families, adding that it had created unity among the women in the community

The Light of Hope Foundation was formed in 2011 to help alleviate the financial difficulties of the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency