14 January 2013

Nigeria: NBC, Ogun Empower Poor Women in Business

Lagos — Fifty low income earning women have been empowered to do business with product capital, coolers and basic sales training skills from the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) in partnership with the Ogun State government, through its 'Uplift Development Foundation.'

The Uplift Development Foundation is the pet project of the wife of the Ogun State governor, Mrs. Funsho Amosun. It seeks to empower low income women in the state and tallies with The Coca-Cola System's global '5by20' programme meant to empower five million disadvantaged women entrepreneurs, empowering them through the Coca-Cola value chain by 2020.

NBC kick-started the 5by20 programme empowerment of over 100 low income women across Nigeria in the state by providing 50 beneficiaries with product capital, coolers and basic sales training skills.

The initiative will help create sustainable livelihood for the beneficiaries and this is expected to have a ripple effect in enhancing the quality of life of their families.

The Head, Public Affairs and Communications of NBC, Mrs. Adeyanju Olomola said at the commissioning of the initiative in Abeokuta that, "NBC is in partnership with Ogun State for the 'Uplift the Needy Initiative' because it has long recognized that the wellbeing of its communities and stakeholders is integral to the company's wellbeing."

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