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Karimojong widows to make crafts

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st September 2009 03:00 AM

ABOUT 60 Karimojong widows have been equipped with skills in making modern handicrafts by the United Nations agency for development (UNDP) in Moroto district.

ABOUT 60 Karimojong widows have been equipped with skills in making modern handicrafts by the United Nations agency for development (UNDP) in Moroto district.

By Olandason Wanyama

ABOUT 60 Karimojong widows have been equipped with skills in making modern handicrafts by the United Nations agency for development (UNDP) in Moroto district.

UNDP coordinator Elaine Gooding, during the three-day training on Saturday, said there was need to empower the women in making handicrafts that could sustain them.

A research carried out by a Kotido-based NGO indicates that development of the region is being hampered because 82% of the population is made of widows, children and the aged.

Gooding said the women had been trained in making modern necklaces, ear-rings and bangles among other things.

Materials worth sh11.4m had been purchased for the two women groups to help them start their activities.

The Moroto resident district commissioner, Nahaman Ojwee, while closing the workshop at Karamoja Development Agency Primary school, said making handicrafts did not require expensive machinery yet their market was available.

“I am glad UNDP has come up with funds that will help local women rise up in the sub-region,” Ojwee said.

He advised the women to embrace the project seriously since UNDP had given them materials to be self- employed and start earning income.

The UNDP project is designed to support activities linked to the Government’s development programme for Karamoja.

The main objectives of the project are to empower women positively, promote human security, peace and stability in order to create conditions for sustainable development in Karamoja, which is lagging behind the rest of the country.

Karimojong widows to make crafts

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