By Kadiatu Lamrana Jalloh
Kambia, SIERRA LEONE – In a bid to foster resilience and sustainable economic empowerment among rural women and young people in Kambia, the Kambia District Development and Rehabilitation Organization (KADDRO) has initiated the ‘Strengthening Rural Women and Young People’s Livelihood’ project. Generously funded by the European Union, the project aims to create a lasting impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.
One of the primary goals of the initiative is to empower local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to actively engage in promoting gender equality and youth inclusion. Additionally, it seeks to enhance the capacity of local women-led and youth-led Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to foster better collaboration between the Kambia District Council and Bombali District Council.
The project envisions local CSOs providing effective service delivery, supporting women, and guiding them through life skills to enable their contribution to national economic growth and development through sustainable means.
Acting director Mohamed Salieu Bangura highlighted the group targets, emphasizing that 512 women, representing 80%, are among the primary beneficiaries, along with 128 men. Graduates, particularly those facing challenges in securing employment, are also a focus, with 60 targeted, including 34 women and 26 men. Furthermore, the project includes an important aspect of inclusion, reaching out to 32 farmers who are differently-abled.
The envisioned outcomes include equipping women farmers with the knowledge of sustainable farming practices through comprehensive training. The project aims to facilitate access to financial resources for women, including those with disabilities, utilizing the Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA) approach. This approach is intended to enable beneficiaries to connect with other financial institutions and engage in income-generating activities, acknowledging the challenges associated with obtaining loans.
KADDRO’s project also envisions effective fund management by Bombali District Council, Kambia District Council, and collaborating CBOs. The objective is to support women, children, and youths in achieving better financial management through sustainable livelihood and vocational skills. Additionally, the initiative seeks to invest in and reinforce skills among young people, enhancing their competence to contribute productively to the country’s development. KLJ/5/12/2023