The Entrepreneurship Development Programme targets the economic empowerment of 105 Internally Displaced women in Abuja, Nigeria. The program plans to set up a Tie and Dye African (adire) fabrics producing & sewing venture. Beneficiaries of the program would be trained and employed in making the products, marketing them & training other women to start up their own businesses too. This helps restore livelihood to the women & support their children's nutrition, education and welfare.
With the number of displaced families increasing daily in Nigeria due to the Boko Haram insurgency and farmer-herdsmen crisis, most of the displaced people live either in open air sites with tents or collective centers like school structures and government buildings. The women are mostly without any source of livelihood, having to wait for handouts from charitable organisations and individuals to cater for their families, some of them having being widowed or unable to locate their husbands.
The Purple Pearls Women's Entrepreneurship Development Programme sets up sustainable businesses for internally displaced women to restore their livelihoods and enable them integrate into their host communities. The women are trained in tie and dye fabric manufacturing, sewing, and marketing to enable them earn a sustainable living and start their own ventures from this programme.
The programme will improve the health and nutrition of 105 vulnerable women and their families as economically empowered women are able to access healthcare facilities, make informed decisions about their health, fight malnutrition and most importantly, resist and seek justice for violence against women and other limiting factors to the actualization of women's dreams