MTN Ghana makes inclusion for the physically Challenged into Agency Banking through its Economic Empowerment Project (EEP). It is aimed at helping to drive financial independence and stability for the targeted individuals.
The targeted individuals include the members of the Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD) who would be employed as MTN Mobile Money Agents.
Kicking off the project, 100 physically challenged beneficiaries have benefited, each receiving the sum of GH¢4000 alongside MTN Mobile Money user-friendly kiosks and phones to begin the Mobile Money business.
The General Manager of Mobile Money Limtied (MML), Eli Hini revealed that the EEP is an integral segment of MTN Mobile Money’s 10th anniversary and was primarily set up to boost entrepreneurship and improve the financial wellbeing of participants.
He further explained that MTN Ghana made it a point of duty to extend its arms to physically challenged individuals in GFD for the above stated reasons.
According to him:
This project is part of MTN’s effort to economically empower persons living with disabilities in Ghana as part of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of MTN Momo services in Ghana.
The feat received commendations from the Director of the National Association of the Deaf, Juventus Dourinaah:
As an organisation of persons with disabilities, we are more concerned about development of all categories of persons with disabilities in educational, social, political and economic lives, the reason for which we embrace the partnership with MTN which has resulted in creating employment for a good number of persons with disabilities.
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah reveals that Ghana was estimated to have about one-fifth of its population being people with physical, intellectual or emotional disability and there is the need to facilitate the inclusion of physically challenged persons into the world of work.
He further buttressed the fact that there is the need for integrating physically challenged persons into labor market as they have overtime been reduced to undue discrimination, maltreatment. He believes this has resulted in the lack of access to employment, education, healthcare and social services and beneficiaries should tailor their businesses diligently well to suit the EEP objectives.
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