Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited announced the completion of its women empowerment programme tagged ‘Catalyst for change 2.0’.

The company hinted that the closing ceremony marked the conclusion of a four-week intensive skills acquisition training for 1,000 women.

The programme is a four-week intensive skills acquisition training for 1,000 women which commence in October. Throughout the four-week programme, 1,000 women enrolled in vocational skills such as baking, textile design, and production of household cleaning items.

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According to a statement the women were also enrolled in business classes to ensure their financial literacy. The statement added that 200 out of the 1,000 women who had proved to be exceptional were each provided with start-up kits to help kick-start their businesses.

Bukola Bamiduro, Founder/Executive Director, Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation, was quoted as saying: “This programme was created to drive change in the lives of women through relevant skill-based training and financial literacy sessions.

“We are hopeful that through this programme, beneficiaries will leverage the skills obtained to maintain a steady flow of income as women are economic pillars of the society.”

Also speaking during the occasion, the Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Ifeyinwa Ejindu, said, “At Coca-Cola, we believe women are integral to our world’s shared success, so we seek to empower them both in the workplace and the communities within which we operate.”

Ejindu also stated that women are not only essential to building thriving communities, they represent one of the biggest accelerators of economic growth. Hence, the Catalyst for Change programme did not only empower the women financially but also ensure their effort contribute to driving the country to economic recovery.