MEET SOME RECIPIENTS OF OUR INTEREST-FREE MICRO-LOANS TO WIDOWS, PART OF THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME (WEEP)
In January of 2017 Hope Rising Foundation provided loans to 20 widows of Iho Dimeze, a rural community in Imo State Nigeria to reinvest in their businesses. Six months later, they are proud to share their experiences and gratitude for the opportunity. These widows learnt about the loan opportunity from their local churches. They were screened for qualification for the loans through the collaborative efforts of local Hope Rising Foundation board members and the pastors of the potential recipients’ churches. Five of the beneficiaries share with us how helpful this yet infant programme has been to them and their families.
Angela Ike, a local trader on a variety of products provides for her eight children; Ifeoma Iwuagwu is a mother of six. She trades on candies and confectioneries; Veronica Ukawuba sells frozen fish, and has two children to feed and care for; Vida Ejiogu, another mother of six, sells “garri”, a finished product from local cassava flour similar to farina; Cecilia Onuoha sells spices and condiments for cooking. She depends on this to sustain her family of six children.
These mothers, representing the group of beneficiaries, indicated with heightened excitement how the loans have helped them to grow their stocks and businesses, expanding their profit margins, and as a result, enabled them to provide better for their families and sustain their dependent children.
BENEFICIARIES OF THE 2018 STUDENTS GRADUATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (SGAP)
In April this year, as part of its students graduation assistance programme (SPGA), the hope rising foundation, Inc. Assisted five indigent students of Iho Dimeze comprehensive secondary school in Ikeduru local government of Imo state, Nigeria, with the payment of their WAEC/NECO (secondary school graduation) examinations registration fees. Each of the students received a total of 35,000NGN (Nigerian Naira) for this purpose. The funds were proceeds from the sale of devotional crosses produced by Ms. Luz Cortes, the secretary of the foundation. The principal of the school and a representative of the parents were present when Dr. Charles Obiukwu, the head of hope rising foundation’s directorate for SGPA presented the money to the beneficiaries. These examinations are very important for the academic and professional future of the students. Without the certification of completion of these examinations they cannot gain admission into colleges or gain employment as high school graduates. SGAP is an ongoing initiative of the foundation. Hope rising foundation shall always appreciate any support to help her sustain this very essential support to needy youth for the longest time.