Following the training of 40 women who were set-up in petty business for income generating activities in 2005, over 3,000 women have benefited from the annual empowerment program of GWCI. By the end of 2009 it was already 540 persons. Among the beneficiaries are women widowed as a result of HIV/AIDS, religious crises and insurgencies. A total of 1,750 widows have benefited from the economic empowerment program of GWCI through training and skill acquisition projects in Kaduna, Maiduguri and Lagos state respectively between 2006 and 2016. As a result of the program, the living conditions and livelihood of the widows have improved tremendously.
Group Savings and Loans Schemes and Micro-Credit
Gabasawa Women and Children Empowerment Initiatives (GWCI) set up micro-credit schemes and provides small loans to poor family to start their own businesses and provide sustainable incomes for themselves and their families. A total number of 100 women has benefited from the microcredit scheme of GWCI. The micro-credit loan scheme helps the poor to care for their families including their vulnerable children. GWCI provides families with basic training in book-keeping and the principles behind micro-finance, cooperative society and micro-credit schemes.
Micro Credit Scheme
After concluding series of capacity building training on business management, proper book keeping and accounts, customer service, savings etc. GWCI helped widows and indigent women and men to form savings and loans associations (SLAs). As members of the SLAs, these men and women are guided towards improving their savings culture, building cash assets for startup and recapitalization of their businesses towards sustaining the care of their wards.