Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Mr. Alwan Hassan has assured members of the Network of Disabled Women (NDW) that they will be able to access collateral-free loans as part of it’s empowerment drive.
Hassan disclosed this at a meeting with a delegation from NDW led by it’s Executive Director, Mrs. Lois Auta.
Auta, at the meeting gave a brief history about the organization, the inception of the organization and the Board of Directors.
She also elaborated on the objectives,mission and vision NDW and some thematic areas of the organization, including economic empowerment, leadership, and the sexual rights of women and girls with disabilities.
Auta added that any plan to empower women and girls with disabilities should first ensure that they are included in all economic sectors, including agriculture.
Responding, Alwan applauded the organization for their sound vision and mission statement and promised to include WGWD in their loan disbursement in order to empower them.
He also affirmed his utmost cooperation in working with WGWD by ensuring that the building is accessible to them.
He urged the organisation to identify areas which its members can participate in BOA’s economic empowerment initiatives and also make it official by writing to the Bank.
“There is need to identify what members of NDW can do, it could be trading, farming, business etc. How much they can take to set up whatever business of their choice, and how much they can pay back. Collateral will not be needed to access the loan,” Alwan said.
Also in attendance at the meeting include Miss Rose Daniel, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for NDW and Miss Onyemaechi Constance, Communication officer for NDW.