Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation is a non-profit social enterprise established in 2017 and officially registered in 2018 with a focus on empowering women and girls especially in rural communities where it is minimal or no access to opportunities that can drastically improve their livelihoods.
The predominant economic activities of residents in our focus area are small scale businesses like buying, selling, printing and transpiration services (buses, taxis, okadas and tricycles). These activities are predominantly managed by men, leaving over 70% of the women who are poor, single parents or widowed with no source of income. With unemployment on the rise and with over 16 million Nigerian unemployed, many of the youths do not even have access to education and are generally termed ”unemployable”. With the increasing level of poverty, low education and unemployment, the women are the highest hit of this economic hardship and are le with three (3) options;
According to a report by The World Poverty Clock (June 2018), Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extremely poor people in the world. With an estimated populaon of 180 million people and half of it being women; it is shocking to find that 86.9 million of the Nigerian population living in extreme poverty are women. Women constitute a vital social group in all known human societies yet, this vital group has been mitigated with very harrowing challenges in their various respective societies. In Nigeria, many women continue to face daunting and debilitating challenges such as;
The above listed continues to mitigate women from living happily and contributing their quota to national growth and development. Since women constitute half of the population, any development process that ignores the life-chances of half the population cannot address the problem of poverty and the crisis of sustainability
This is why at this critical juncture of global change, it is a necessity for the development process to fully incorporate an agenda for women’s empowerment by including women’s realities in the fullest sense.
Since labour is by far the most important asset of the poor, increasing their chances of gaining useful skills that can empower them financially and inclusively will position them to access education and drastically reduce poverty. Our vision at Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation is to ”eradicate poverty and gender inequality through empowerment and quality education among women and girls thereby creating a sustainable environment without bias”. We achieve this through different training, empowerment programs and interventions targeting women in rural communities who are the hardest hit. These programs are designed to financially empower women and make them active contributors to nation-building.
Our Vision is to achieve gender equality through economic empowerment for vulnerable women and girls.