Over five hundred women-in-business were present at the capacity building sessions which was ably facilitated by SME Consultant, Kayode T.Oluwasegun-ojo of Florychen Limited and the acting Head of SME Advisory, Andy Iyakke;
The event was also graced by Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Na’omi Awak, who represented the first lady of Gombe State; Honorable Commissioners of Finance & Economic Development, Agriculture, Trade, Commerce and Industry, Science and technology, and many other dignitaries of the state. Representatives of FCMB at the event included Gambo Wuryo , Zonal Head, North West; Bala Ma'aji - Zonal Head-North East, Yetunde Moito - Head, SheVentures, Muhammed Lawal – Branch ,Manager Gombe.
The more than 500 female entrepreneurs and upcoming Small and medium enterprise women businesses in Gombe State, will benefit from the Capacity Building and Empowerment program, organized by the office of the First Lady of Gombe state, in collaboration with FCMB SheVentures.
This came the the fore , during a 2-day conference of the FCMB SheVentures & Gombe State Women in Business, which took place at the Amina J. Mohammed Skills Acquisition Center, Gombe.
Declaring the conference open, the wife of Gombe State governor, Dr. Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, who was represented by the commissioner for women affairs and social development, Mrs. Na’omi J. J . Awak, hailed Gombe women,‘ I am confident in your resourcefulness, commitment & resilience to tackling the economic challenges engulfed the womenfolk, through such empowerment programs to create wealth and become self sufficient’.
The First Lady, therefore urged the women that have met the requirements of accessing the free interest/collateral loan, to use it wisely in enhancing or starting their SMEs through high quality standard production for competitiveness and profitability , in order to support their families , improve their socioeconomic status and above all, pay back the loan as and when due, so that other women can benefit too.
In her words, the first lady’s representative, Na’omi Awak, showered encomiums on governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for creating an enabling environment for peace and development to strive and his wife Dr. Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya,for standing firm in her quest to support women and the less privileged in the state,realize their full potentials, so as to live a life of dignity.Earlier, the coordinator of the program at the first lady’s office and the chairman of board of trustees, Jewel Care Foundation, Alhaji Hamisu Saulawa, after congratulating the collaborating partners and the prospective beneficiaries for witnessing another milestone in the history of women entrepreneurship development, assured FCMB management of his faith in Gombe women for their integrity and loyalty , thereby guaranteeing maximum utilization and safe return of their monies.As development partner,the FCMB regional head Abuja & North , Mr. Abdullahi Mainasara, thanked governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for confiding in their bank, promising a continued mutually beneficial relationship, as Gombe State continue to clinch not only the nation’s best state on ease of doing business but in the African continent at large.
In their goodwill messages, from the special guest at the occasion, who is the special adviser to the governor on human capital development,Barr. Sani Ahmed Haruna, to commissioners of finance , Gambo Magaji,science, technology and innovation, Prof. Aishatu Maigari,Agriculture Muhammed Magaji Gettado, as well as that of Commerce,trade and industry, Nasiru Aliyu, all supported these gigantic initiative of the First Lady,Dr. Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, to better the lot of women in their chosen businesses,urging the bank to conclude all necessary arrangements, so as to make the funds available,especially to those businesses that are time bound such as farming.
Highlight of the event was drama , music interlude and group photographs.After declaring the conference opened, by the first lady’s representative, Honorable Na’omi J. Awak , capacity building sessions began on “Building a resilient and scalable business in a challenged economy “ and “How to make your business bankable”,along side other proceedings of the SME clinic to be continued on the 2nd day of the conference.
On how to make your business bankable, the head of SME Advisory emphasized that having little business knowledge and access to capital was one of the top challenges to every small business. However, having clear focus, a vission/mission and a business plan were key strategies to overcome such challenges.
Till date, Sheventure has supported an estimated 600 women got free business mentorship in partnership with WISCAR (Women In Successful Career), cutting across different unfunded sectors
- Over 15,000 women nationwide were trained online on building profitable and sustainable businesses (sponsored and in-house)
- over 500 beneficiaries of the zero-interest loan have also enjoyed free capacity building sessions and mentorship programme
- over 3,000 women in business have enjoyed other gender funds in the past two years amounting to N10billion
We encourage all women owned or led businesses to embrace the Sheventure opportunities such as Mentoship, Access to finance, to help grow their business.
For enquiries, please send a mail to Sheventures@fcmb.com