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Nestlé Nigeria inducts more women into empowerment project

As part of its continuous effort in empowering rural women across the nation, Nestlé Nigeria has inducted more 50 women into their enablement training sessions.

The newly inducted women from the South-South region of the country were selected from the company’s value chain.

The 50 women were in addition to 150, making a total of 200 rural women that have benefitted from the training which aimed at helping women in Nigeria build financial security and improve their standard of living.

Speaking at the induction which was the fourth phase of the Nestlé empowering project, Nestlé Nigeria’s Commercial Manager, Khaled Ramadan said: “We are happy to fulfil our promise of expanding Nestlé empowering rural women in Nigeria project to reach more women in other parts of Nigeria.

“We are pleased with the progress made so far by the 150 currently benefiting from the project. The beneficiaries who currently enjoy the training and mentorship provided by Nestlé and her implementation partners – FDConsults, are reporting faster turnover and increased revenue as well as stronger visibility of their outlets within their locations.

“We are therefore confident that these additional 50 selected retailers in South-South, will also reap the full benefits of the support we are providing through training, mentorship and grants.

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“The beneficiaries comprising female retailers in Nestlé’s value chain will receive grants valued at 300 percent of their monthly sales in form of Nestlé’s products.

“They will also participate in training and mentorship programmes which will enable them scale up their businesses, thereby increasing their household incomes.”

In his remarks at the induction and training for the new beneficiaries, head, partnerships and training at FDConsults, Phranklin Audu, described the Nestlé empowerment project as an amazing initiative.

According to him, the progress and growth recorded by the women in the several states where the project is already ongoing is quite refreshing to see.

In his words: “Grade-c retailers are moving up the distribution ladder and more importantly these women are doing more sales turnovers thereby earning higher incomes for themselves.

“We must commend the visioners of this project and the entire project team for staying true to cause.”

One of the beneficiaries, Joyce Nwaiwo, lauded the organisers of the programme for such an opportunity given to her.

The Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project is designed to help rural women retailers scale up their businesses and sustain the new level of up to three times the size of their existing businesses.

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