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RevolutionPlus CSR initiative lifts 100 widows out of poverty

In demonstration of its commitment to shared humanity and also as part of efforts to push the frontiers of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, RevolutionPlus Property, under the aegis of Chris Onalaja Foundation (CBOF), has lifted 100 widows out of extreme poverty.

Through the initiative, the Foundation has empowered the widows who are all resident in Lagos with skill acquisition, cash as start-up capital as well as grinding and sewing machines.

The presentation of these items at the company’s mainland headquarters in Ikeja was part of activities marking the birthday of Bamidele Onalaja, the Managing Director/CEO of the company.

The presentation event saw 40 widows go home with grinding machines while 20 others went away with sewing machines. 40 other widows were trained in soap making and given certificate of participation and N50,000 each as start-up capital for the business.

The company’s Executive Director, Tolulope Onalaja, in her opening remarks at the presentation event, said the company’s CSR initiative was borne out of the CEO’s passion for humanity.

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The beneficiaries appreciated the company and its executives for the initiative, noting that widows were some of the most neglected in society.

Okan Lanwo, one of the beneficiaries, prayed for the company to continue to soar higher. She noted that, “this N50,000 will go a long way in starting my soap making business and I will be able to cater for my children.”

CBOF, which is the CSR arm of RevolutionPlus Property, started in 2019 with the empowerment of 10 widows with N100,000 each as start-up capital after their skill acquisition and training. Since then, over 750 widows have enjoyed the benefits of the foundation and have been trained in various skills.

The Foundation has also built and launched three schools in various locations in Lagos including Ikorodu, Wasimi and Makoko. The primary school located in Ikorodu and named TolDel is tuition-free with children in the community enjoying free education from nursery till primary level.

The 2022 first quarter edition of the CSR project was held in February when about 150 widows were trained in Skills Acquisition Programme and given cash reward as start-up capital.

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