On July 9, 80 women graduated from the Financial Literacy component of Protect Livelihoods Project, a joint initiative of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the American University of Nigeria to provide services and support IDPs and community members in Adamawa State.
The goal is to educate a total of 200 women on how to be financially literate and help them begin to take charge of their financial destinies.
AUN provides skills-training to local communities through several initiatives, including Waste to Wealth and Creating with Threads programs. Laraba Samaila, who earns money through sewing bags, mats and keyholders, found the financial literacy lessons to be extremely useful. “This program has taught me how to save my money in the bank, start a business, and take care of my money” she said.
“The only way we can help them is to educate them,”said UN High Commission for Refugees supervisor Anini Bala. “Most of the women have been trained in one skill or the other, but they don’t know how to manage their finances. We are teaching them how to save and reinvest their earnings.”