By Muhammad Babayo Asha.
Over twenty million naira has been realized among Village Savings and Loan Association VSLA in five local government areas of Bauchi state where the projects are being implemented.
The village savings and loan Association which was initiated by Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations BASNEC is a cluster of women groups contributing between twenty to one thousand naira in a single box to be shared based on individual contribution after a period of time.
The State BASNEC Chairman and Coodinator of the project, Mr. Jinjiri Garba who disclosed this while answering questions from newsmen at Miri VSLA Attaqawa women Group share out exercise said the project which targets only women was aimed to enhance their family economic system.
Mr. Jinjiri Garba explained that the project is being implemented in Bauchi, Dambam Misau, Itas Gadau and Zaki local government areas where hundreds of women have registered and were contributing significantly.
Also speaking, the Community Base Trainer Mallama Aishatu Shuaibu who explained that the Miri Birshi Ward cluster has over one hundred VSLA boxes with reasonable amount of money raised appreciated the women for their doggedness and cooperation to ensure success of the project.
In a remark, the Project Manager Hajiya Zainab Muhammad Hassan who commended all relevant stakeholders for enlightening the women to key into the project called on politicians to initiate skills acquisition programmes for to enable them improve their economic status.
Meanwhile thirty women of Miri Attaqawa Village Savings and Loan Association VSLA has raised about five hundred thousand naira during its nine month weekly contributions.
The VSLA Chairperson in the area Mallama Sa’adatu Ibrahim stated this at the end of the cycle share out ceremony held at Miri Secondary school.
Mallama Sa’adatu Ibrahim said the women during the period have contributed over four hundred thousand naira from their weekly contributions ranging between twenty to one thousand naira and thirty wrappers.
On her part, the VSLA Secretary Mrs. Sakina Abdullahi noted that apart form the contribution the women also engaged in petty trading among their members apart from the skills acquisition programme being organized for them.
One of the beneficiaries and a member, Mallama Rukayya Abubakar who commended BASNEC and the Development Partners for coming up with the project pledged readiness to use the money judiciously.
In a goodwill message, the wife of the State Deputy Speaker Hajiya Faiza Ahmad Kawule who commended the women for living up to their expectations as custodians of the family donated one hundred thousand naira for them to enhance their activities.