Change-A-Life Foundation Partners with Lagos Alliance Club International (LACI) to Empower Indigent Women in Lagos State
Change-A- Life Foundation’s Business intervention assists indigent women and youths in dire situations. This involves provision of micro-finance grants/capital to start self-sufficient and sustaining businesses. On this particular project, Change-A-Life Foundation partnered with Lagos Alliance Club International (LACI), a North America based association of Lagosians. LACI is involved in philanthropic activities. The organization promotes educational and community growth projects. Lagos Alliance Club International has since its formation embarked on projects designed to alleviate poverty, diseases, ignorance and homelessness through education and specified skill training programs that empowers those in the community in focus. Change-A-Life Foundation in partnership with Lagos Alliance Club International has been able to identify and support three different women in Lagos state with grants to empower and enable them start up businesses and skill acquisition. Below is the profile of each beneficiary with details of how the grant they have received would empower them.
Ms Adenike Ogunrinde became blind in 1997. She has since regained some sight after 14 surgeries. The Medical expenses drained the purse of her now aged parents. She came to Change-A-Life Foundation for assistance in 2011, after thorough assessment, she attended the Entrepreneurial Workshop organized by the foundation. Ms. Ogunrinde is a very creative person. She makes bags, purses, shoes and sandals with the Ankara fabric coupled with other materials sourced locally. She also learnt and knows about Bead making, Soap making and Tie & dye (Adire).
Nike received a grant from the funds donated by LACI. Nike plans to use this money to buy variety craft materials to make more products for her clients.
Mrs. Comfort Olusanya desires to acquire hair styling skill at Ibasa, a riverside community in Satellite Town, Lagos. She is married to a carpenter whose daily income cannot cater for the family need. On this basis she applied for support from Change-A-Life Foundation. She would be an apprentice for a year and six months, after which she would require some money to buy some equipment to set up a hairdressing salon. She has been given the amount needed to start her training.
Mrs. Olamilekan’s husband died three years ago. She used to sell foodstuff at Oshodi Market.Unfortunately, during the renovation of Oshodi market, the State task force demolished her shop. Since then, she has been without a source of income. She attended Change-A-Life Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Workshop and after successful completion, she was given some money to revive her food stuff business from the LACI fund.