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PROJECT SMILE – 107 BENEFICIARIES EMPOWERED

Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI), in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has flagged off the presentation of empowerment to 107 beneficiaries of the Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihood and Household Empowerment (SMILE) project.

SMILE is a USAID funded project for vulnerable children in Nigeria through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

The empowerment is made up of N20,000 cash transfer to 88 beneficiaries for business investment and start-up kits to 19 beneficiaries trained on different vocations, including fashion design, catering and event decoration, hairdressing as well as housing electrical work.

The co-ordinator of GPI, Grace Osakue who was represented by the Programme Officer, Ayo Amen Ediae at the ceremony in Benin City said that the Household Vulnerability Assessment Tool used by SMILE to determine eligible households for enrolment, categorizes households into vulnerability pathways based on the LIFT framework.

She disclosed that the SMILE project Household Economic Empowerment matrix recognizes Social Protection as a mechanism for sustainable development. We know that there are relative, subjective and absolute poverty. The absolute poverty are those who are at the lowest of the ladder and are therefore more of need. Though they should be taught on how to “fish” but should be given “fish” as consumption support to preserve their lives, hence they are in provision circle of vulnerability.

Highpoints of the ceremony was the presentation of cheques and distribution of start-up kits to the selected beneficiaries.

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