The newly introduced People of Worth Entrepreneurial Resources (POWER) project which caters for both male and female empowerment, is currently being rolled-out and several men are already taking advantage of it.
Minister of Social Protection, Volda Lawrence explained that the Social Protection Ministry’s Projects Department is in the process of reviewing the respective projects in order to qualify eligible persons for loans.
Minister of Social Protection, Hon. Volda Lawrence.
“A few weeks ago, we completed all the signatures to the document with the bank so that is onboard, and I know that the department has been meeting with the men that did apply previously and they are working with them to get them through the process,” Minister Lawrence told the Government Information Agency (GINA).
The POWER programme is aimed at providing support in the form of loans to single parent men, married women, widows and widowers, who are unable to access loans under the Women of Worth Programme (WOW) to start-up or expand income generating projects.
Minister Lawrence is urging more persons to get onboard and take advantage of this initiative. “If you know of men who would like to do something for themselves or are at present doing something and would like to expand it then we invite them to come to the ministry’s special projects department at Lamaha Street …married women, widows too can benefit,” Minister Lawrence said.
The programme which is also geared to assist fathers to take on leadership responsibility, will be directly funded by the Government, through the Ministry of Social Protection. Mechanisms will also be put in place to ensure that the project is effectively managed.