Christiana Akwabea, a Ghanaian mother of six has appeared to be an example that agreed with recent facts which believed women as likely the best social stratum with strong economic development capabilities and ramparts against poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, notably in rural areas while within a year she has harvested maize for about $3,000 US of income.
This mother from Seikwa has been allocated a land of 5 hectares and was able to harvest 1.36 tonnes of maize per hectare, a local staple crop. An old dream that I fulfilled, she declared on African Development Bank website (AfDB) which has funded a programme of Form Ghana Limited in the Bono region in central Ghana. Christiana Akwabea registered for the programme in 2017.
“I have been able to put up a two bedroom house. I also funded my son’s trip to attend school in Europe and all my children are in school” she said.
The story was dropped throughout West African’s media on the ending of October.
It has enlightened truth about women believed to be economically the main rampart to drawback extreme poverty from Africa. Studies demonstrated that on the continent, women reinvest up to 90% of their income in providing a social safety net for their families, according to an AfDB press release on November 12.
Extreme poverty is said could worsen with the 2020 covid-19 outbreaks in addition to burdensome conflicts and climate change effects if governments have not found it necessary to invest in women across the continent within the pace of next two years.
Women carry out 51% of work force in Sub-Saharan Africa
There are more women than men in Africa. Estimated of about 555 million people in 2019, this figures of Sub-Saharan female population are in progress everywhere said the World Bank; with a task force of about 230 million people that The Journal of Global Health (United Kingdom) said aged in-between 15 to 49.
Much educated when living in urban areas, in the faraway lands although they were less educated and did not have equal access to farming land as men had, women play strong role in conducting farming activities as indisputable associates for their husbands. Multiple surveys said they might have much improvement than men had when having access to lands and adequate funding for either farming or commercial activities.
Moreover, they were also said to have strong natural tendency to reinvest the higher part of their income (about 90%) into their families’ wellbeing, with a positive impact on health, education, and nutrition (AfDB, November 12’s press release). This task force could be of great opportunities on which authorities must constantly rely to combat poverty actually in the rural lands.
West African countries like Benin Republic or Togo have implemented inclusive finance programmes in earlier 2010, mostly intended to vulnerable people especially women. For instance the National Fund for Inclusive Finance (FNFI in French) was launched in 2014 in Lome (Togo) to the “empowerment of the most vulnerable” excluded from the conventional financial system by providing low-cost loans (about 2.5% interest rate constant per year) said TogoFirst an investment news official hub. With loans range from $70 to $9,000 US for the following target groups: women, youth, farmers and “poor men and women”.
Investing in women generates higher development returns experts stated. A statement that Christiana has acted; she declared: “I aim to expand my current residence into a full compound house… I also look forward to continually improving the standard of living of my family and support my children to the highest levels of education”.