At the dawn of the new millennium, the nations of the world saw the need to articulate a vision for global development, thus the millennium declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) opened a new door for the advancement of gender equality. In line with the MDGs and the vision and mission of CWSI, the centre instituted the Rural Entrepreneurial Scheme projects in November, 2013. The objective of the project is to build the Economic capacity of the rural women in Nigeria toward social rebirth and eradication of poverty and hunger as it affects the daily life of most Nigeria women and children. This initiative clearly meets the outcome envisage by goal 3 of the MDGs.
The project came to fruition in Cross river and Delta states through the magnanimous contribution of Mr. and Mrs Christopher and Rosemary Udeji through their selfless service to the under privileged women of the mentioned states. RES became a reality and remains a potential project of hope for the rural women. Much as it is relevant to the MDGs so it is also to the SDGs Goal (5).
RES IN CROSS RIVER
During the formation of RES in cross river, many of the rural women were skeptical about joining the scheme but they were later convinced by the reality of the programme, in the beginning of the programme, we started with 200 women before other women enrolled in.
Since the inception of the RES programme in Cross River, CWSI have recorded success stories from the women on the project which are as follows: CWSI gives each beneficiary a token amount for a start and monitor its usage for the benefit of their entire family. As they try to pay back what has been given to them they are encouraged to save no matter how little.
- Many of the women built their capital through this programme
- Some women bought motor bike from their savings through this programme.
- Others were able to pay their children’s school fees which they were not able to pay initially. The interesting aspect of this programme is the education of the girl-child has been given a good attention by mothers who are in this programme.
RES IN DELTA STATE
Like in Cross river state, During the formation of RES programme in three areas (Asaba, Agbor and Ugwuashi uku) of Delta state, many of the women were also skeptical about the benefit of the programmeto them because of the fear of being duped but they were later convinced by the reality of the programme. In the beginning of the programme, we started with 100 women later many more who saw the benefit of the programme and how it is being imparted positively on beneficiaries came and enrolled.
Presently, 150 women have enrolled in this progrmme while many of the women have under gone so many training organized by the organization.
CWSI has been organizing various empowering programmes for the beneficiaries ranging from Human Rights, to political empowerment programmes.
The Kogi CWSI RES programmed kick started in January 2016 with over 6000 women wanting to be benefit. With the experiences of CWSI from other states, CWSI decided to register them for the programme as beneficiaries batch by batch while working towards their acceptance in due time. However 500 women are already into the programme making little progress and receiving training from CWSI as the case may be.