By Tunde Osho
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited said it has provided 50 Internally Displaced (IDP) women with quality personal development and small business appreciation training as part of its 5 by 20 Women Economic Empowerment Initiative.
At a two-day programme tagged ‘IDP Women Value Chain Integration Programme’ held at Sesor Empowerment Foundation training complex in Igbo-Efon, Lekki, Lagos, on the 18th and 19th December 2017, the women were provided with adequate training that will enable them to start their respective small-scale businesses.
Speaking on the scheme, Amaka Onyemelukwe, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria said “We believe there is no better investment than women to spur economic growth and foster sustainable development. Women are pillars of the communities we serve and pillars of our business. They will play a transformative role in shaping our global economy over the next decade.”
The Coca-Cola Company launched a Global Women’s Initiative in 2007 known as 5by20 as part of its 2020 Vision to support women in global leadership positions, grow a pipeline of female talent and empower women of all cadres to be financially empowered thereby creating a sustainable society.
While addressing the beneficiaries of the scheme, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Executive Director of Sesor Empowerment Foundation, Coca-Cola’s project partner for the IDP Women Value Chain Integration Programme said, “Sesor was delighted and thankful to have partnered with Coca-Cola on this initiative as this shows the extent to which they support women empowerment and value humanity in general.”
The programme, taught the women the different methods and skills needed to successfully run a micro-business, business sustenance and money-saving techniques, customer relationship management, as well as the knowledge of the right attitude to run a successful business, amongst others. The session ended with a simulation exercise to enable them to put into practice what they learnt during the programme.
Veronica Daniel, one of the beneficiaries of the programme expressed gratitude to Coca-Cola Nigeria for their tremendous support and donations towards the programme. “We have learnt a lot during this two-day programme that would be transferred to the running of our business. We are very grateful for the donated trade assets as this would go a long way in helping us start a business, we appreciate their gesture and pray that God will bless them.”
Coca-Cola’s 5by20 Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative seeks to help address barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face in some of the world’s developing countries.
In attendance during the training were officials of Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited who addressed the women and ensured they understood the reasons behind the programme and their pledge of continuity in the support of women empowerment.