The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has donated a huge sum of N4.2billion as part of its unconditional Micro Grant Programme for empowering women in the rural areas across Nigeria.

At the flag-off of the Foundation’s one-off unconditional Micro-grants Programme in Bauchi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Group, was represented by the company’s Group Executive Director, Mr Mansur Ahmed, who noted that since its inception, over 400,000 poor women have benefited from the program in the country.

The unconditional micro-grant is aimed at supporting the government efforts in empowering poor families in the State, and at the moment, in Bauchi State, N200million is currently being disbursed to vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas.

Ahmed explained that the Foundation had earmarked N10billion to be disbursed to vulnerable women across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country, and accordingly, some states to have benefitted from the scheme include Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kwara. Other states across the country are expected to benefit soon from the program.

In an address by Ahmed, Dangote’s representative, the businessman stated his desire to help people survive economic challenges.

“The Micro-grants program is one component of the Economic Empowerment pillar of the Aliko Dangote Foundation. It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000 cash transfer to boost their household income generation. This we believe will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs”.