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Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Project Disburses D125, 000 to Businesswomen

August 20, 2014

Lolly M. Camara

Takku Liggaye Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Gambia Chapter last Saturday dished out D125, 000 in loans to 25 local businesswomen, mainly small-scale traders at a presentation held at the Takku Liggaye Skills Centre in Bundung.

Each of the 25 businesswomen received an amount of D5000.00, which is meant to help upgrade their already established small-scale businesses.

The Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Gambia chapter is a charitable non-profit, apolitical and as well non-religious voluntary organisation, founded by Louise Torbensen. The organisation also supports and promotes members, by providing direct financial and moral support to women living on the margin of hope, without the backing of a global community.

According to the organisation's background, Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend has given hope, and supports many needy women, especially those that are survivors of war and conflict. This, he said, has helped the beneficiaries to move towards economic self-sufficiency with a yearlong programme of direct aid and small business development.

Speaking to beneficiaries, the Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality, Yankuba Colley, thanked the coordinator for helping women. He then urged women to be role models and make the best use of the funds.

For her part, Aji Amie Jatta, the lady councilor, who also doubles as the coordinator of the Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Gambia chapter, thanked the founder for her benevolence and kind gesture towards Gambian women.

She stated that the beneficiaries are expected to repay their loans within a period of six months, which she said, will start at the end of September. Jatta assured that the pilot project would soon be extended to other parts of the country.

Lady Councilor Jatta later thanked everyone who has in one way or the other made the loan possible to the women.

The ambassador of the project Gambia chapter, Sulayman Jammeh expressed similar sentiment.

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Source: AllAfrica

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