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Int'l Widows Day: NGO empowers 250 widows

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Mothers Pride and Development Initiative on Thursday said its organization has empowered about 250 widows and the less privileged.

June 23rd is set aside by the United Nations as the International Widows Day. This year’s theme is tagged, ‘Invisible women, invisible problems.’

The commemoration of the event which took place at KT&T Event Centre, Wawa, Magboro, Ogun State was attended by members of the organization from various units.

The Convener of Mothers Pride, Mrs. Titilayo Adelaja, said during an interview with Daily Champion that “as wives we started with tall dreams but unfortunately a sudden death of husband made the things to turn around.

Mrs. Adelaja added: “The organization has not less than 250 members who cut across Ogun and Lagos States. We have about 10 units which include Mushin 1, Mushin 2, Ogijo, Sango-Otta, Mowe, Lagos Island, Magboro, Lekki, Ogba among others,”

In a paper made available to our correspondent, Mothers Pride was established in 2012, “with a priority to make a difference and be a crusader of giving life a meaning through counseling, vocational skill acquisition, literacy service, free legal service and empowerment.

“In the past few years, we have trained many youth, empowered women especially widows, startup capital and stocks.

“We introduced cooperative society with the aim of helping widows to have a saving habit and to provide easy access to loans.”

In a survey carried out by the Mothers Pride, the organization discovered that 92 per cent of the widows attested that, access to finance was the major setback, adding in the paper, that was why free interest loans were introduced.

Some of the widows who are members of Mothers Pride gave thanks to the Convener for coming to their aids at critical times of their lives.

Mrs. Sadiku Zainab disclosed that her mother was a widow, saying she had to join Mothers Pride to be able to fend for the mother and her children.

Mrs. Ajibola Abolanle disclosed: “The death of my husband brought devastating sorrow in my life. But when I became a member of Mothers Pride I became a different person.”

According to her, “I was trained and now I can read and write and I was able to come up with petty trading.”

On her part, Mrs. Olabisi Afolabi explained she was a pepper seller but lost her husband and could not continue the business she had to resort to selling satchet water.

“I used to be a pepper seller and suddenly I lost my husband and somebody introduced Mothers Pride to me. Then, i used to sleep in a mosque but today I take care of myself and even send my children to school,” she said.

Also speaking, Mrs. Oligbi Adebola said, “I didn’t prepare for widowhood but when i lost my husband wth three children left behind, Mothers Pride came to sustain me and my children. I’m very grateful, God bless Mothers Pride.”

Mrs. Toyin had six children to cater after the death of her husband. The children were sent away from school. But the story, according to her no longer the same as Mothers pride came to the rescue.

 

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