By Oluwatope Lawanson

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Women Liberation and Transformation Group (W-LIT), on Wednesday said that more than 293 women within the Ipaja/Ayobo area of Lagos State had benefitted from its various empowerment programmes.

The Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Olanike MicTaiwo, gave the figure at a meeting in Lagos to assess the impact of the NGO in Ayobo community since 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that W-LIT organises empowerment programmes for women.

It is funded by Global Affairs Canada and managed by Action Aid Nigeria.

MicTaiwo said that the empowerment programmes which started in 2020 had grown in catering for the needs of the underprivileged women in Lagos State.

“We started the programmes in the year 2020, and our areas of intervention are women economic empowerment, addressing gender-based violence, and institution capacity building

“The programme has really impacted communities in Ayobo area of Lagos State.

“We have trained over 293 women on financial literacy and record keeping.

“On this particular project, we have 36 women who have been empowered economically and we have also supported two trade vocational groups with income-generating machines,’’ she said.

According to MicTaiwo, the NGO also organised sensitisation programmes on gender-based violence for market women and community leaders.

“The W-LIT project interventions are robust and have amplified the voice of women and also improved their livelihoods,” she said.

In an interview with NAN, a beneficiary, Miss Happiness Nwadiwe, narrated how she lost her means of livelihood during the lockdown occasioned by COVID -19 pandemic.

She said that she later learnt how to produce liquid soap during a skill acquisition programme by W-LIT.

“Now, l supply schools and churches in large quantities. I now have a means of livelihood and can take care of myself,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Christianah Olayemi, said that she learnt bread making from the NGO. NAN

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