Foundation empowers widowed traders, artisans affected by COVID-19 crisis

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At least 12 widowed traders and artisans affected by the economic impacts of the CODVID-19 pandemic have been empowered by Felix King Foundation, an organisation empowering African women.

The foundation, in partnership with the Organisation of World Leaders in the United States, said empowerment was part of its COVID-19 Recovery Grant for African Widows launched last Thursday in Ikeja, Lagos.

The beneficiaries, including tailors and petty traders, were given N100,000 each to boost their businesses.

Speaking at the event, the founder of the foundation, Dr Felix King, said 30 per cent of his company’s income was earmarked for the initiative, adding that the foundation had over the years empowered several widows in Nigeria and Ghana.

He said, “We always get a weekly wish list of widows who need support across Nigeria and today’s batch is the 20th batch of widows we’ve given financial support since we began. Before now, our work was fully sponsored with 30 per cent of my company’s income with the support of my business partners.

“However, today we are in partnership with the organisation of the World Leaders with the COVID-19 Recovery Grant support, and we hope to reach more people henceforth. Our target at the beginning of the year was to reach 1,000 beneficiaries, so I hope this new partnership would help us reach more people.”

A Co-founder, Organisation of World Leaders in the United States, Dr Dee Dawlins Haigler, commended King for coming up with the initiative, adding that he was excited about the partnership.

He said, “My grandmother with four kids was a widow when my grandfather died. She was left to bear all the family’s burden. Her experience was a major reason I took it upon myself to help struggling women, especially young widows with little kids.

“We decided to support the Felix King Foundation with the COVID-19 Recovery Grant when we discovered how much Dr Felix King had been empowering widows across Nigeria and Ghana.”

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