Njie Charakh students seek land from gov’t

Njie Charakh students seek land from gov’t

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Students (women) of Njie Charakh School of Basic Business Training and Entrepreneurial Skills have appealed to the government of The Gambia particularly President Adama Barrow to help allocate them a plot of land to use as market for their businesses.

They also appealed for startup capital to end their cycle of borrowing as well as a plot of land for the school.

The women made the appeal on Sunday at Serrekunda Lower Basic School ground following a visit to the school by Demba Hydara, a resource mobiliser for humanitarian assistance at the Office of the President.

The business training organised by Njie Charakh World Market Business Enterprise in collaboration with Moth Sarr-Njie Charakh World Market Foundation targets to train 600 women and youth before the end of the year.

It is geared towards ensuring that women and youth are empowered to be self employed. It also aims to support the entrepreneurs to turn their smallest investment into major successes.

Topics being covered during the training include basic business training and strategies or techniques, marketing and market strategies, business financial literacy and business planning, among others.

So far, the first batch of 150 entrepreneurs have graduated after completing their 3 months training.

Amie Nyang, vice president of Moth Sarr-Njie Charakh World Market Foundation said Moth Sarr has single handedly been financing activities of the school and therefore thanked him for his investment in them.

She called for assistance of the businessman, saying that supporting Njie Charakh means supporting Gambian women. She recalled that at the beginning of the training, they did not even have bank accounts as opposed to now with healthy savings.

Fatou Bah, a first batch student of the school, said she started the school without cash but has now bought a plot of land.

She commended Gambian women for doing their best in contributing to the development of the country, while urging for support especially from President Barrow.

She thanked Njie Charakh for championing women empowerment, saying there are a lot of successful businessmen in the country who are not supporting women as he.

Demba Hydara, a resource mobiliser for humanitarian assistance at the Office of the President, thanked Njie Charakh for empowering Gambian women and youth.

He described Mr Sarr as an action oriented man that other businessmen in the country should emulate.  

Moth Sarr, chief executive officer of Njie Charakh World Market, said women of the school have so far deposited one million and fifty thousand dalasis with him and can even do better with the market.

Njie Charkh as he is widely known, expressed optimism that women could deposit over three million dalasis with him before the end of the year. He thanked Mr Hydara for taking time to visit the school.


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