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5,460 girls soon to have sewing kits – Matin Libre

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The Ministry of Social Affairs and Microfinance intends, through the Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend in the Sahel (Sweed) project, to provide 5,460 girls with sewing and soap-making kits. The top was officially given this Friday, June 03, 2022 during a launch ceremony in Sèmè-Podji…

Beneficiaries of alternative training in the manufacture of masks and protective products against the spread of COVID-19, 5,460 girls will finally receive installation kits. Coming from all the municipalities of Benin, they had been trained in 2021 as part of the Swedd Project, in particular the “Empowerment of women and girls” sub-project, piloted by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Thus, with a view to supporting these girls in starting income-generating activities, the ministry has decided to provide them with sewing and soap-making kits. In total, 1650 machines and sewing kits will be distributed throughout the national territory for the benefit of 3 girls per district; and 3 equipment and manufacturing kits will also be provided for 7 girls per district. According to the Minister of Social Affairs and Microfinance, Véronique Tognifode, “all this support for girls not only contributes to strengthening government measures to professionalize craftsmen to improve performance, with easier and cheaper access to products , but they will also make it possible to improve the capacities of the beneficiaries in the development of income-generating activities”. The ministerial authority did not fail to urge the beneficiary girls to make good use of it for their own development while contributing to the development of the nation. It should be noted that the handovers of kits continue in the other departments of the country. It should be noted that SWEDD is one of the projects with a social component included in the Government’s Action Program 2021-2026 to contribute to the development of human capital through the economic empowerment of girls in Benin. It plans to impact 500,000 out-of-school, out-of-school and unemployed graduate girls, aged 14 to 24 and from poor and extreme poor families, by 2024.

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