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Gambian Rural Women Farmers Share D2.3 Million Loan

June 25, 2014

Alhagie Babou Jallow

A loan package amounting to D2.3M (two million and three hundred thousand dalasis) was recently disbursed among selected women farmers in the North Bank and Central River Regions respectively.

The funds, provided by The Gambia Women Farmers' Association (GAWFA) in partnership with the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), are meant to boost the capacity of these women, who are members of GAWFA.

The support is part of the larger D6M package that NEPAD is providing to GAWFA for its members across the country, meant to empower women through micro-finance. This disbursement is expected to prepare women and enable them buy seeds and fertilizer as well as pay for the ploughing of their fields during the rainy season. Speaking at the disbursement ceremony in Verekaw Wolof village, Upper Badibou District, CRR, GAWFA's Operations manager, Kaddy Sanyang-Fofana, affirmed that the support was meant to enhance the capacity of rural farmers and enable them meet their agricultural production needs. She also advised the beneficiaries to use the money for its intended purpose.

GAWFA's Network manager, Sankung Jaiteh, said the loan facility was meant to help rural women farmers have easy access to farm inputs. He urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the money and to repay it so that it can also benefit others.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Aji Amie Ceesay expressed her delight with the support, and hailed GAWFA for providing women with milling machines, fertilizer and seeds amongst others. She assured that they will make the best use of the money.

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Source: AllAfrica

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