By Arinola Kolade
Promasidor Nigeria Limited has provided succor to more than 60 parents of children with disabilities through its low-interest microcredit scheme christened We Too Can Grow in advancement of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.
The Scheme, in partnership with Children’s Developmental Centre, CDC, which supports children and young adults with disabilities, has benefited five cooperative groups to which these families belong, with three more to receive grants.
Commenting on the support received from Promasidor at a ceremony held for the cooperatives at the CDC in Lagos, the Project Director, Delphine Misan-Arenyeka stated that the company has shown that it cares for children as well as young adults with disabilities.
She said a lot of progress has been made and that other groups would also get the funds after undergoing training with the Community Development Foundation (CDF), which is in charge of capacity building, in partnership with CDC.
The trainings are for proper organisational development, which involves conflict management, credit and financial management and entrepreneurship.
Misan-Arenyeka added that four of the five cooperatives that have benefited from the Scheme are in Lagos, while one is in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“We Too Can Grow also includes provision of Promasidor’s products to CDC which are sold to support the children through funds disbursed to parents.”
On her part, Dr. Olayinka Akindayemi, CDC Service Director advised the benefiting parents to take adequate care of their children and make judicious use of funds provided to them. She said there are plans to extend the Scheme to other cooperative groups for the wellbeing of children with special needs.
In his remarks, the Coordinator Corporate Communications, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Isiaka Lawal said:
“We Too Can Grow is a way of saying that we recognise that children with special needs are members of the society. They have the right to pursue their dreams like other members of the society do.”
At the ceremony, Akinyemi Akintola, CDF Executive Director affirmed that apart from the two-day training, which was held in languages the groups understand, its organisation’s role is also to monitor and ensure that loans are used properly by the cooperatives and paid on time for others to benefit.
He said CDF is involved in the partnership with CDC in order to bring to use its expertise for development in areas where the centre does not have and then continue from there.
“It started based on this programme and will continue from there,” Akintola stated.
On the impact of the training’s and the loans received, the Chairman, Affectionate Cooperative Group, Cornelius Akintola Kasunmu said the fund was well disbursed among the 22 members of the cooperative. He added that the training at CDF was quite useful as it has helped him to grow his business and also in attending to issues relating to his child’s wellbeing.
Another member of the group, Ganiyat Falade explained that the training by CDF has broadened her knowledge on how to manage funds for investment purposes.“Now, l can adequately take records of sales and products l invest in. The training has been very useful,” she said.
A member of Excellent Cooperative Group and a beneficiary, Femi Oladapo said the funds has enabled him cope with the health of his child as well as his business. “I thank God for this initiative,” he stated.
Ojo Olubukunola from Dayonmi Love Foundation, a cooperative group in Abeokuta, and Ishola Abiodun from CDC/Parents Cooperative Group in Lagos both commended Promasidor and CDC for the scheme.
Exuding joy, Abiodun said: “My child’s health has taken me to places but Promasidor and CDC has brought relief to me. I thank Promasidor for this scheme.”