FORTY-TWO PERSONS living with disabilities, including women entrepreneurs with disabilities being mentored by the Starr Women Dream Edition Project in the Yendi Municipality, have benefitted from the second tranche of the District Assemblies Common Fund allocation for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
This comes as a major capacity boost, especially for farmers amongst the PWDs to take full advantage of the current planting season.
Two years ago, the disbursement ceased until Starr Woman Dream Edition Project embarked on series of stakeholder engagements to address the issue that had heightened tension and mistrust between the PWDs and the Assembly.
Following interactions, the Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Ahmed Yusif, took up the challenge with the promise to resolve all the issues related to the management of the fund.
The first tranche disbursement benefitted over 100 PWDs and this second tranche targeted mostly PWDs who are into farming to enable them to fully participate in the farming season. The Starr Woman Dream Edition worked closely with the Assembly in this exercise.
They distributed entrepreneurship resources, including sewing machines, fertilisers, ruminants and some amounts of monies as start-up capital for the PWDs, including albinos, and those with visual, hearing and speech impairments and orthopaedic disabilities.
Out of the 42 beneficiaries, 24 were females, including 12 Starr Women mentees. In all, an amount of GH¢ 23,550.00 worth of items were distributed to the PWDs, all residents in the Yendi Municipality.
A Social Welfare Officer, Zack Alhassan, who supervised the whole process, said he was very optimistic that the next tranche would cover more PWDs and encouraged the beneficiaries to prudently manage the resources they had received.