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WOMEN DECIDING NOT TO BE LEFT OUT OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

“Purchasing fertilizer at government-controlled price is no longer a story for us but a reality. We thank Hope for the Village Child Foundation for teaching us how to advocate.”

The commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day organized by Hope for the Village Child Foundation, tagged #PressforProgress, was not just another celebration for some women from Bugai and Lokotoko community of Chikun Local Government in Kaduna.  Because to press for progress it is sometimes necessary to speak out for one’s rights, the day involved participatory learning on how to advance rights through advocacy. The women, eager to know if it would work, went back home and decided to put their newly-gained advocacy skills into practice. Though they have always heard that the Kaduna State Government makes fertilizer available at a subsidized price for farmers, women in the rural communities have never had the opportunity to benefit from the scheme.  To this end a total of 25 women were able to pool their resources and paid an advocacy visit to the Chikun Local Government office in Kaduna for enquiries. To their great surprise, they had little difficulty in accessing the fertilizer as they were able to purchase more than 50 bags of fertilizer at the government-controlled price.  Mary Bulus from Bugai stated, “Purchasing fertilizer at government-controlled price is no longer a story for us but a reality. We thank Hope for the Village Child Foundation for teaching us how to advocate.”

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