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IWD: NGOs celebrate rural women in Kaduna, harp on self-development.

Two NGOs, Palm Valley Nigerian Limited and Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), in commemoration of 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD), have celebrated rural women in Kaduna State in grand style while harping on the importance of self-development.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that WOFAN, in collaboration with Palm Valley Nigeria Limited, is implementing the WOFAN ICON2 project powered by the Mastercard Foundation.

The project is strategically designed to drive sustainable agricultural growth and economic development in Benue, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States.

The ICON2 aims to strengthen agricultural enterprise value chains, generate employment opportunities, and enhance income for women and youth farmers and processors.

With a focus on fostering a positive perception of agriculture as a viable source of income, the project seeks to improve access to financial products and services for individual farmers through cooperative structures.

The women, who cut across clusters of agricultural enterprise value chains, were drawn from Kachia, Zango Kataf, Jaba, Kagarko, Jama’a, and Kaura LGAs of the state.

Speaking to NAN at the IWD celebration on Friday in Zangon Kataf LGA, Mrs. Iveren Igbudu, the State Team Lead, Kaduna Team One of Palm Valley Nigerian Limited, said the organisation has projects in the community that directly affect the lives of women.

She added that the women were left with different household responsibilities and therefore needed to inculcate the habit of individual savings or cooperation.

Igbudu also restated their commitment to inclusivity, adding that they carry persons with disabilities along in their activities and other marginalised groups.

She disclosed that the organisation had built 18 makeshift centres across LGAs of the state, which are equipped with rice and maize processing machines.

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Ighudu added that the organisations also taught the women waste processing and briquette making.

She urged the women to prioritise their self-development while also calling on society, specifically men, to support them in growing beyond where society has placed them.

One of the women, Rebecca Habila, a Mega Cluster Leader, stated the importance of savings.

She lamented that many men were incapable of shouldering their household responsibilities, while the women picked them up in order to save the families from hunger.

Habila, therefore, said women needed all the encouragement and support in society in order to keep up with the challenges of life. (NAN)

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