Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – During a just concluded annual capacity-building training for the Economic and Social Empowerment Department staff of the Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation (LEWAF), the media and communications person for LEWAF, Samuel Alieu Alvin Kargbo, lamented on the focus of the training stating that it is to prepare the team for the upcoming phase of the CWSLA Project, a cornerstone initiative aimed at providing beneficiary-centred support.
Kargbo reiterated the organization’s commitment to core principles of beneficiary-centred support, emphasizing humanitarian transformation and preserving women’s dignity in all aspects of life.
“With a nationwide reach, LEWAF has already positively influenced over 15,000 beneficiaries across regions like Moyamba, Western Rural, and Western Urban,” he disclosed.
Kargbo explained that the CWSLA Project, at the heart of LEWAF’s efforts, specifically targets the empowerment of Sierra Leonean women, especially grassroots businesswomen. According to him, by facilitating easy access to loan opportunities, the project promotes financial stability and discipline among more than 15,000 women who rely on their businesses for daily survival.
Notably, the CWSLA Project is a community-owned nature, fully administered by the women themselves. This participatory approach ensures active involvement in decision-making and management, reflecting a commitment to empowering women at every level.
“Beyond financial matters, the project addresses human rights issues, providing a platform for women to share and learn from personal experiences. In cases of disclosure, LEWAF ensures a seamless transition to the Access to Justice Department, implementing necessary processes and procedures at zero cost,” said Kargbo.
Expressing gratitude to OSIWA, he stressed that the foundation aligns its goals with Sustainable Development Goals 1, 5, and 16, as well as the government’s Medium-Term National Development Plan. PSN/30/1/2024