Groups to support crises-ravaged communities in Nasarawa with grant

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Young Men Christians Association (YMCA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), would support crises-ravaged communities in Nasarawa with grants to help them start live again.
Mr. Ango Adamu, Executive Secretary of YMCA, said this on Friday in Lafia, at a One-Day sensitization meeting on Village Savings and Loan project.
Adamu said that the grant would serve as a start up capital to enable them start small-scale business to enhance their livelihood.
He said that the sensitization was necessary ahead of the disbursement of the grant, slated for Monday.
According to him, YMCA is implementing the programme on Village Savings and Loan in four Local Government Areas – Lafia, Doma, Obi and Keana – through UNDP support from the Japanese Government.
Adamu said the programme, which would end in February, is aimed at developing the capacity of the affected communities to recover from the shocks associated with crises; communal, herder and farmers conflicts.
“We are going to train the benefited communities on how to implement village savings and loan association (VSLA), we are going to provide them with start up capital to support their savings,” he said.
The YMCA executive secretary said the essence of the project is among other things to train the beneficiaries mostly women and youths on savings and loan.
“We are to form and train 60 village savings and loan associations (VSLA), each group is expected to have 25 members. We are going to work with the representative of UNDP, state government and the communities to ensure success of this project.
“The essence of VSLA is to form a support system where communities can access loans with low interest to start small-scale business to enhance their socio-economic status.
“These people are carefully selected from the communities. Our main targets are youths, women and the vulnerable who are mostly affected by the crises, hence the choice of Lafia, Doma, Obi and Keana.
Margreth Attah and John Yohana and some others who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), commended the organizers, noting that it would offer them the opportunity to start up small-scale business. (NAN)

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