NEW LIFE WOMEN
Realizing the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse to the social, physical and mental health of youths and society at large, and its contribution to the ethno-religious violence in Jos, we undertook a drastic step in stemming its tide in the society.
We embarked on a job replacement project for women who trade in the production and sale of local beer (Burkutu) on the Plateau. A sensitization workshop on the dangers of alcohol was held after which, 64 women signed up in Kabong community to stop the production of local beer and embrace another source of livelihood. A prayer and counseling session was conducted followed by a business training for the women.
GRAND Cereals Company sponsored 10 women in the area of poultry farming after which they were given 200 (51 day old) chicks and 12 bags of chicken feeds, feeders and drinkers to start poultry business. In the same vein, women who had enrolled for skills acquisition in the area of Catering, Tailoring and Hairdressing were trained by Apurimac in collaboration with WOWWI and given Sewing machines and salon equipment to kick start their own businesses by WOWWI.
An award of small grants was given to 13 women to engage in petty trading such as the sale of vegetables, grains, charcoal, kerosene etc. A Bee making workshop was also organized by Women Without Walls Initiative and a few women enrolled.