A non governmental organization in Kogi State, BAFA Foundation, is set to empower over 2,500 and also unveil new projects that will improve the lives of Kogi citizens.
The non governmental organization which has continued to embark on aggressive empowerment program for the State citizenry in less than one year is set to empower over 2,500 people in the State.
This is in addition to the already established empowerment program where over 1500 Kogi indigenes across the three senatorial districts benefited.
Artisans, traders, hairdressers, laundry operators, barbers, tailors and road side mechanics were major beneficiaries from BAFA programs.
BAFA foundation, an offshoot of the BAFA Multipurpose Corporative Society, was established with the sole aim of providing humanitarian support for the less privileged; capital support to petty business owners, interest free loan for entrepreneur, medical intervention for critical cases and scholarships.
Speaking on the development the foundation representative, Mr Sunday Abidoye said the overall essence of the projects is to touch lives that are hitherto unnoticed but truly in need of help to have decent living.
He noted that the foundation has consistently provided social welfare intervention to assist poor masses, build a society that is free of starvation and frustration and to be a trailblazer in the collective agenda to banish hunger and poverty out of Africa.
Abidoye stated that aside the Foundation’s head office in Lokoja, it has branches in Okene, Kabba, Idah, Anyigba and Ankpa from where Bafa has been assisting entrepreneurs and business owners flourish in their respective line of business.
Abidoye noted that the unveiling of new Bafa project will further inform the general public the good philanthropical gesture of the organization, and how the public could key into it.
“It is no longer news that our nation, Nigeria has been officially announced as the global headquarters of poverty. This revelation is not exactly made so that government can be insulted or castigated.
“it was revealed so that humanitarian concerns and philanthropic gesture could be made by those who have enough to those who have not. It is in the light of this that the BAFA FOUNDATION is assiduously working with like minds to banish poverty out of Nigeria through the “TOUCH A LIFE INITIATIVE” program.
“BAFA in less than one year of existence has substantially and appreciably reached out to unimaginable number of market women, youths and artisans which has made the program outstanding and the foundation speedily growing.
“BAFA currently has over one thousand petty business owners that have secured various amounts of interest free loan and are doing great in their businesses.
The organization is currently finalizing arrangement with a pro-masses welfare advocacy organization with a deep knowledge of the area to facilitate the process of all empowerment related issues.
“Here in Kogi State, like what we have done in some other States of the Federation, we are out to give back hope to the hopeless. We are all aware of the current hardship in the State as many now find it difficult to feed families. With this new program drafted by BAFA foundation, there will be a course for many Kogite to smile again,” he added.
He said the foundation will continue to touch as many lives and lift as many burden off the poor masses.
Abidoye maintained that, BAFA foundation which has continued to issue an interest free loan to many Kogite was borne out of the passion of the founder for the well being of the people.
However, in their various testimonies, some Kogites who have benefitted from BAFA foundation lauded the organization for their philanthropic gesture. One of the beneficiaries, Kende Magaji, popularly called Mama Kulikuli, said before she obtained loan from BAFA foundation, her business was not doing well.
She pointed out that, since she got the loan from BAFA, she no longer buy groundnut on credit, but now makes more profit than before, a development which she said has helped her to pay her children’s school fees without stress.
Similarly, Joy Isah a hairdresser, who lives in Adankolo community, Lokoja and a beneficiary of BAFA loan, explained that she is happy and ready to take more loan from BAFA because she enjoyed the first loan which has helped in the progress of her business.
According to Joy Isah, “I was able purchase some hairdressing materials which I needed for my business instead of asking customers to go and get them before use”.
Another beneficiary, Khadijat Ayuba, a food vendor in the central part of the state, while expressing delight to the foundation, said as one of the beneficiary of BAFA, she can now use her money to buy all the food stuffs she needed with cash rather than purchase them on credit and to pay back later.