Margibi County Electoral District #3 Representative Ellen A. Attoh, over the weekend launched a loan scheme aimed at generating funds to help empower impoverished Liberian women economically.
The loan scheme was among Rep. Attoh’s campaign promises to her constituency during the 2017 elections. Attoh is seeking L$1 million to share with low income earners in his district.
The empowerment of rural women is the best recipe that could stop the locals from taking advantage of women, some of whom are poverty-stricken to the extent that they cannot afford a meal at least two times a day, Rep. Attoh said while addressing her audience in the Kakata City Hall last Saturday.
Attoh believes that if women are adequately empowered, their lives will be improved and their children who are desirous of acquiring an education will not go astray as it has been with some families over the years.
Attoh, who received a standing ovation as she launched the fund drive, acknowledged that her dream to empower women, some of whom are the family bread winners, is being achieved through the fund drive.
She said that so many Liberian women live in “unacceptable conditions because they are not empowered.”
Women need windows of opportunity, but they cannot access such opportunities because of economic uncertainty, she added.
Attoh called on partners to join her and emancipate women of her district from abject poverty to prosperity.
She challenged rural women to remain strong and focused because she is of the conviction that help is on the way for them in many forms.
Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, through a proxy, presented US$1,000, while former House Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay also donated US$1,000. Margibi County District #4 Representative Ben A. Fofana, contributed L$100,000 and several others made pledges in cash and kind.
Rep. Attoh was elected on the ticket of the Liberian Peoples’ Party as the lone female lawmaker of the county.