The SheTrades Hub under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MoTIE) on Monday, October 2nd, 2023 handed over equipment worth 1.5 million dalasis to the Hub members.
The ceremony that was held at the Ministry’s ground in Banjul, witnessed the handing over of different machines ranging from; Grinding machine, milling machine, dehydrator, sophisticated mixer machine, drying machine, solar dryer, embroidery machine, circuit machine, overlock machine, stirring rode and spatula among others to 14 women businesses.
The support, which is the 2nd of its kind, is received from the Enhanced Integrated Framework Sustainable Support Project aimed to scale up the women economic participation.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Lamin Dampha, the Permanent Secretary of MoTIE, said the support is to assist the members of the SheTrades Hub to expand their businesses beyond the level it is today.
He urged them to make good use of the equipment while assuring of his office continuous support in providing advises as well as monitoring their progress.
For his part, Mr. Abdoulie Jammeh, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of MoTIE informed the beneficiaries that this is meant to support their businesses so that they are able to build their capacities in terms of increasing their production, improving the quality and packaging of their products so that they are able to access markets in order to sell more.
According to him, they have worked with 90 women over the years and because of the success of the SheTrades project, the Ministry in collaboration with ITC deemed it fit for them to continue working with women businesses. This, he revealed, led to the establishment of the SheTrades Hub and currently, they have about 135 women entrepreneurs that they are working with under the Hub basically in the areas of horticulture, procurement and fashion.
“We look forward to working with more women entrepreneurs that are into other sectors. But today’s meeting is to continue the support that we are providing to women entrepreneurs that we are working with,” he said, while expressing hope that these equipment will help them to increase their production.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Haddy Dibba, on behalf of the fashion companies expressed gratitude and appreciation to the donors for their support and guidance to the members of the hub.