The United Methodist Church in Nigeria (UMCN) says it has concluded plans to empower over two hundred women with soft loans through its “Empower her Programme” to help cushion the economic impact of the Coronavirus on the women.
The Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria Rev. Ande Emmanuel, who stated this in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Jalingo the Taraba state capital, said the gesture was one of the church’s moves to help the women cope with the economic impact of Covid-19 by providing soft loans with little interest.
“Here in the United Methodist Church in Nigeria we believe that the ministry is not all about seating in the church hall, listen to music, dance and preach, we believe in reaching out to he people directly, to impact on their lives by empowering them, the Empower her Programme” the Clergy said.
He added that the loan facility of the UMCN was more like a micro finance bank providing soft loans to over two hundred women after the committee has assessed their needs. He added that the number could even exceed the targeted two hundred women.
Rev. Emmanuel stressed that the loan is aimed at empowering the women because they are the most vulnerable and most adversely impacted economically, by the Coronavirus pandemic.
” This loan is available for women especially the low income women who can access this loans to start up businesses in this Coronavirus period, it will continue even after this period” He said.
Rev. Emmanuel said the UMCN church have also adopted the Coronavirus global safety protocols of hand washing, social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and facemasks in all its worship centers.
” The Bishop has ordered that in all of the UMCN churches in Nigeria members must observe this global safety protocols of hand washing, use of hand sanitizers and the use of face masks before they enter into the church, our churches have make provision all this things”.
He admonished that people should have faith in God stressing that the trying times will soon be over.
Source: Voice of Nigeria