Women entrepreneurs numbering 1000 have benefited from the National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan (NEIP).
Funds were given out under the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs with Disability Programme, which is a scheme specially designed to support physically challenged women who have entrepreneurial initiatives and businesses.
At a brief presentation ceremony at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, April 30, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that the Presidential Empowerment Programme is not only a fulfillment of an NPP manifesto pledge to support women entrepreneurs and help improve the livelihoods of the disabled, but also to help realize Goals 5, 8, and 10 of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
Addressing the media after the presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, John Kumah, revealed that this support by President Akufo-Addo forms part of measures by his government to empower physically challenged women entrepreneurs and also to help them scale up their business and create more job avenues.
“Under the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs with Disability programme we are running a unique scheme that ensures that beneficiaries of this funding only pay back 50% of the money we have given them.
“The 1000 beneficiaries are estimated to employ a minimum of 2 persons which is a significant number as part of measures by this government to reduce unemployment,” he said.
The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan is a flagship programme of the government to provide funding, access to markets and business advisory services to entrepreneurs.