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Mbollo Women Association vows to empower young Gambian entrepreneurs

Aug 1, 2014, 9:49 AM | Article By: Nyimansata Cham

Lamin Sambou, coordinator of the FANDEMA Mbollo Women Association, a registered organization based in Tujereng village, has lamented on the importance his organization attaches to the empowerment of young entrepreneurs.

He disclosed that FANDAMA Mbollo had been one of the selected pilot projects under GEF-UNIDO 4 to build 8.3kw hybrid system solar wind energy, which allows renewable energy to runs its activities like cosmetic soap making,tie and dye, sewing, cookery and pastry ICT(information technology) arts and crafts, printing / batik making.

He also explained that the organization also provides basic knowledge in renewable energy installation for its beneficiaries, who are youth.

Lamin Sambou was delivering his welcoming remarks on the opening of a five-day mainstreaming gender in renewable energy hands-on training organised by Mbollo Association Training Centre in collaboration with the GEF/UNIDO4 project in The Gambia, a project under the Ministry of Energy held recently at Tujereng Village.

The training, meant for twenty young ladies, was geared towards empowering the young ladies to be self-reliant in the future and also aimed at reducing poverty through generating income for young ladies of the country.

According to the coordinator of the project, Mbollo works with FANDEMA project with these objectives, thus improving basic education of the woman and also creating vacancies, new business opportunities and helping entrepreneurs to enter the formal market, as well as improving the life standard of women in The Gambia.

“We work through a mythology of designing a personal itinerary which defines their complete training by phase adapted to the beneficiaries own educational background, labour experience and professional experiences,” he said.

The Alkalo of Tujereng village, Karamo Bojang, commended the organisers for the laudable initiative in trying to empower the young ladies of the country.

He said all was geared towards alleviating poverty in the country and creating job opportunities for young people who are the future of the country.

He advised the participants, who are mainly young ladies to fully concentrate during the five-day intensive training and make the best use of it, which would greatly help them in the future.

He also described the training as very important in the sense that looking at the environment there was need to encourage the women to venture into such activities that would regenerate resources for them.

He thanked Mbollo Women Association for their stance in national development, while encouraging them to be more committed and dedicated to their job.