To mark this year’s International Women’s day celebration with the theme, “balance for better”, Accion Microfinance Bank joined the rest of the world to honor its most loyal widowed customers. The main purpose of the event was to celebrate their tenacity and resolve, despite the odds, to improve their lives and that of their families.
The guests were welcomed by Taiwo Joda, the Managing Director of Accion Microfinance Bank, together with Habiba Balogun, one of the Bank’s Board Members and other senior members of Accion Staff. In his opening remarks, Taiwo Joda applauded the endurance, resilience, and loyalty the women have had with the bank over the years, notwithstanding the dazzling experiences and struggles they had to go through in order to balance and perform multiple roles after the demise of their loved ones. As a token of appreciation, the MD announced that each of the 10 invited women would get a 1million medical health insurance cover, for a one year period, starting from April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020.
Habiba Balogun, in celebrating the widow clients, thanked them for their loyalty, sincerity in using Accion MFB loans, and resilience in uplifting themselves out of the tragedy of loss to helping themselves live positively, making their own lives better, and improving the quality of life for their families
The most gripping moment was the sharing of experiences. Tissue boxes exchanged hands and hugs abound. The customers were, however, eager and willing to share their stories and honor their past. They appreciated Accion MFB for enabling them to educate their children up to university level. All the women, by the time their husbands passed away, were left behind with very young children to look after. One of them mentioned that 2 of her kids dropped out of school for a period of 2 years at the time, for lack of school fees. However, through the support of Accion Microfinance Bank she was able to take her children back to school and today they are university graduates. They further mentioned that it was through their disciplined use of Accion Microfinance Bank loans, and focus on their businesses, that they were able to generate enough money to educate their children. Most of these children are now graduates. Accion Microfinance Bank promised to consider some of the children who have completed school for employment within the bank.
The event drew to a close with a lunch together with the MD Taiwo Joda and Habiba Balogun, one of Accion Microfinance Bank’s long-standing Board Members. Every woman left the event with an uplifted spirit and the will to inspire other women to take bold and positive steps to improve the quality of their lives and those of their families.
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