The vice president has hailed Gambian women for engaging in all income generating activities as well as holding prominent positions in the public and private sector of the Gambian economy.
These remarks were made on behalf of the vice president by Binta Jammeh-Sidibeh the executive director of the Women’s Bureau, who was speaking last Friday during the disbursement ceremony of WAELE interest free loan to Gambian widows held at a local hotel in Kololi.
She added that The Gambia as a peaceful democratic country is a strong attraction for investment in all sectors of the economy ranging from agriculture, tourism, construction, fishing amongst others.
She further noted that women are faced with challenges such as access to credit which is one of the most important elements and productive resource to transform their business ideas and initiatives into reality. “To address such challenges, the government of The Gambia through its line ministries, projects, partners and the private sector supported many initiatives to increase women access to affordable and appropriate finance and the enactment of policies to address the empowerment of women,” she added.
She further told the gathering that The Gambia Women Finance Association [GAWFA] being one of the partners of this project has been involved in promoting women empowerment through access to suitable and affordable finance and leadership.
She noted that the interest free revolving loan of US$100 per woman will go a long way in contributing to The Gambia government’s laudable efforts to eradicate poverty and improve the socio economic status of women throughout the country.
Adu Lette Sy, the coordinator of WAELE Gambia Chapter thanked their partners for the support. She added that the government of The Gambia is very committed to gender equality. ‘’I would like to acknowledge Aji Kombeh Kaira for her commitment and hard work for the advancement of women today 100 of whom are going to benefit from her hard work which was her goal,” she affirmed.
She informed the gathering that WARLE /ARCELFA was founded on 8th May 2004 and registered with the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission on 7th September 2004. She said the organisation is structured to meet the yearnings of African women across the continent who believes that women should participate more in the economic decision-making and governance of this great continent.
“Gambia was selected as a beneficiary in this year’s programme; the empowerment is a revolving loan which the beneficiary will repay and the country office will continue to manage the fund, this in partnership with GAWFA and The Gambia Women Federation [GWF] will allow more women around the country to benefit from the programme.”
The president of GWF, Madame Saffiatou Njie informed the gathering that the late Aji Kombeh Kaira, founder of the Federation was also a dedicated executive member. She, therefore, urged the widows to make good use of the money as it is expected because it’s an interest free loan to be paid within six months.
by Fatou Gassama