Empowering Widows in Obumeze Community
Obumeze is one of the communities in Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State. Obumeze is bounded by Okporowo on the north, Odiabidi on the west, Ogbede on the South and Ogligboko on the east. According to source its population is about 4,000, their major sustainable livelihood is farming.
Kebetkache’s engagement with Obumeze Community Started in 2004 with the facilitation and subsequent construction of 50 open market stall with support from European Union Micro Project Programme for 3 States (MPP3). Kebetkache implemented the project in partnership for Niger Delta Women for Justice (NDWJ). The process included a community appraisal that focus group discussions with women, youths and men together with community leaders.
In 2007 Kebetkache worked with Obumeze Community on a Project called Challenging Patriarchy, women inclusion in decision making bodies in their community. This project resulted in providing the widow’s with Cassava Processing Mill. February, 2010 Iyene Jeremiah and Idongesit Umoh attended a training in Ghana on Gender and Water; they came back & stepped down the training for the Organization.
On the 13th of September, 2010. Ms Monica Ayooma came from Ghana to assist Kebetkache in implementing the project for the widow’s project in Obumeze community to facilitate the activities at the processing mill. The project lasted between 14 to 18 of September 2010, speaking with Idongesit and Inyene they said ‘the project will provide water to the mill and it is expected that the entire project will enhance the economic status of the widows’ . Kebetkache will provide soft loans for the widows to promote their garri business and also plans to print flyers to advertise the mill to farmers in neighbouring communities. Kebetkache enjoys the support of Obumeze community leaders who pledged to assist the widows in sustaining the project.
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