THE ADONAI ART FOUNDATION'S
WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT $200 SCHEME
About 12 women have been empowered through granting of affordable financial supports by the Adona Art Foundation through the donations and sales of our art works to start small scale businesses.
It was observed by our foundation that many Gambian women are disadvantage in the labour market and willing to work if just little supports are given. Gambian women are not lazy. Much would be brought out of them to be self reliant. They could be good financial managers when empowered economically, as they will be able to cater for their children and husbands.
A host of studies suggest that putting earnings in women’s hands is an intelligent thing to do to speed up development and the process of overcoming poverty. Women usually invest a much higher portion in their families and communities than men, spreading wealth beyond themselves. This could be one reason why countries with greater gender equality tend to have lower poverty rates.
If provided opportunity, they can be important agents of change and recovery. Investing in Gambian women is a smart way to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis and help rebuild the economies of our country , The Gambia and our Continent Africa altogether.
The Adonai Art Foundation Women Economic Empowerment Scheme has just started and we are experimenting with just 12 women ($200 per women) in assisting disadvantage and unemployed rural women with the token to either start or boost their small businesses.
We hope to extend this program to the next 12 and more. Our industrial training for women is in the pipeline and it would kickoff as soon as we are able to finance the costs.
We appreciate and thank the donor for the first batch Dr. Tony Smart Texas, USA who provided $2400.00 to execute the experimental part of the project.