Apr 16, 2009, 5:50 AM
The Young Men Christian Association in its bid to continue empowering Gambian women recently disbursed loans to three women and a man, amounting to over 100, 000.
Speaking to the Point in an interview, Mrs. Amanita Camara disclosed that she is a hair- dresser and have undergone an intensive nine-month training programme, organised by the YMCA. She added that she started the trade with YMCA in May 2008, and noted that the project has contributed well on them.
She urged her fellow women to also venture into the business in order to make end meets for their families, while thanking the YMCA for approving their loan application.
For their parts, Mr. Baba Minteh and Mrs. Mam Jara Tunkara echoed similar sentiments, saying that they have taken the loan in order to build their future and help their families in one way or the other.
Another beneficiary, Mam Jarra highlighted the importance of the loan, while urging other associations to emulate YMCA in the cause of youths and women empowerment.
They expressed delight for being self-employed, noting that they would also employ others in the future.
Both of them urged the youths to learn skills to help and overcome the increase rate of unemployment.
The Project Coordinator, Joseph Peacock noted that the project aims to equip Gambian youths with vocational skill and entrepreneurial development.
He added that the project also aims to help the marginalised and disadvantaged young people in society.