From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
No fewer than 2,500 citizens of Kogi state have benefited from the Bafa Foundation Empowerment Programme to enable them excel in their various vocations for self-reliant.
Bafa foundation, a leading non governmental organization in Kogi State, which has continued to embark on aggressive empowerment projects in less than one year for Kogi people is set to unveil new projects that will further improve on the lives the people.
Briefing journalists in Lokoja on the development, Tuesday, the representative of the Foundation, Sunday Abidoye said the foundation had previously carried out empowerment program where over 1,500 Kogites across the three senatorial districts of the state benefited.
Abidoye enumerated the beneficiaries of the foundation to include Artisans, Traders, Hairdressers, Laundry operators, Barbers, Tailors, and Mechanics.
He told journalists that the foundation, which is an offshoot of the BAFA Multipurpose Corporative Society with its head office in Lokoja, and other branches in Okene, Kabba, Idah, Ayingba, Ankpa, was established with the sole aim of providing humanitarian support for the less privileged, capital support to petty business owners, interest free loan for entrepreneur, medical intervention for critical cases and Scholarships.
One of the beneficiaries, Kende Magaji who also spoke to journalists said before she obtained loan from BAFA foundation, her business was nothing to write home about.
She pointed out that, since she got the loan from BAFA, she no longer buy groundnut on credit, but now makes more profit than before, a development which she said has helped her to pay her children’s school fees without stress.
Similarly, Joy Isah a hairdresser, who lives in Adankolo community, Lokoja and a beneficiary of BAFA loan, explained that she is happy and ready to take more loan from BAFA because she enjoyed the first loan which has helped in the progress of her business.
According to Joy Isah, ” I was able purchase some hairdressing materials which I need for my business instead of asking customers to go and get them before use”.
Another beneficiary, Khadijat Ayuba, a food seller in the central part of the State , while expressing delight the gesture said as one of the beneficiaries of BAFA, she can now use her money to buy all the food stuffs she needed with cash rather than purchase them on credit and to pay back later.