NGO sets up 80 women in Gari processing business

By
Elsie Apiah-Osei, GNA
 

Bole (N/R), Sept. 6,
GNA – The Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), an Islamic non-governmental
organisation (NGO), on has donated a Gari processing machine and its
accessories to a group of women at Bole in the Bole District of the Northern
Region.

The equipment
included Gari processing machine, presser and three rooms structures for
peeling cassava, grinding cassava, frying and processing gari for market.

In addition to the
equipment, ZF also presented a seed capital cash of GHȼ5,700.00 to support the
women procure raw materials to start business.

Mr Habib Abubakar,
the Country Programme Manager of the Foundation, who made the presentation,
said it was part of the livelihood improvement and human development
responsibilities of ZF to respond to the needs of the less privileged in the
society especially women.

He said the donation
formed part of an earlier donation to 40 cassava co-operative group in 2011 at
Jugboi to expand their cassava processing business.

“We have done this
in 2011, but this particular event taking place today, is the first ever
showing concern for persons particularly widows.”

Mr Habib added that
the donation was also a way of ZF fulfilling its commitment to support the
poor, needy and socially marginalised groups in the society.

“There is the need
to make the less affected feel at home and always know that people care for
them wherever they find themselves.”

Mr Mahama Abdulai,
the District Assembly Business Development Officer, who represented the
District Chief Executive, called on other benevolent individuals and
organisations to collectively collaborate and bring the challenges that face
individuals especially widows to an end.

He said: “A little
donation to widows is a triple donation to their normal life.”

He advised the
beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities through continuous
maintenance and cleaning of the environment.

Madam Affisatu
Wahab, the Chairperson of the group, receiving the donation, thanked ZF for the
support and appealed to other groups to emulate the kind gesture.

She noted that the
donation was good and it would help the beneficiaries to meet their needs.

Zakat Foundation of
America is an Islamic charity organization based in Chicago, United States, and
support’s community-based groups and organisations including women and socially
marginalised groups in the society.

GNA

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