WOFAN donates tricycles, over N 1.8m to physically challenged persons in Kano
The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation has donated 20 tricycles and over N1.8m to 180 physically challenged peoples in Garun Mallam local government area of Kano State.
SOLACEBASE reports that the program, WOFAN-ICON2 project co-funded by Mastercard Foundation and WOFAN and implemented through UBA is to encourage financial inclusion.
Speaking at the event on Thursday, the founder and executive director of (WOFAN) Dr. Salamatu Garba said WOFAN has been supporting people with disability for over the years.
“I want to remind you that physically challenged peoples are also people like us, they have families who are not disable, they do businesses, some of them are artisans and some are farmers. ”
“Those that benefited from the fertiliser support, they have people who are working under them in their farms, So i urge the general public to redouble their efforts in assisting person with disabilities and the less privileges in the society.”
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“We have 6 groups of physically challenged persons in Garun mallam local government area, and each group has 30 members, the members of each group contributed 3000, that is to say each group raised 90,000 as their capital to start business.”
“All the 6 groups raised N540,000 as their capital, that is where WOFAN came in and donated N1.8m to these groups in order to support them.”
“Each group received 210,000 as the support from WOFAN, if you calculate the money we gave them and the one they raised among themselves, it will show you that each group among these 6 groups now has 300,000 as capital to start business. ”
She thanked UBA for opening bank accounts to all members of the groups, and also she commended them for their tireless support to the initiative.
“I urged the beneficiaries to make use of the donation in order to fight poverty and stop begging on the streets.”
In a remark, the representative of District Head, Ringimawa Dorawar Sallau, Basiru Idiris Sarki commended WOFAN for the gesture which he described as timely and will assist the beneficiaries in easing the hardship they are facing in their daily engagements.
He also charged the beneficiaries to use the opportunity given to them in order build themselves.
Abubakar Idris Yusha’u is one of the beneficiaries of the tricycles, who thanked WOFAN for helping him, as he lamented that he suffered a lot while crawling.
” I thanked WOFAN for helping me, I spent my entire life crawling, I did not have a tricycle, but now WOFAN give me one, I’m grateful for the gesture.”
Aisha Sani is also among the beneficiaries, and she thanked WOFAN for helping her.