MTN Ghana roped in 100 physically challenged people into its expansive Mobile Money (MoMo) agent network in Ghana.
The beneficiaries were given disability friendly kiosks, mobile phones and GHC4, 000 seed capital each to operate MTN Mobile Money business across the country.
Speaking at the launch in Accra, General Manager of Mobile Financial Services at MTN Ghana, Eli Hini, explained that the MTN and Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) Economic Empowerment Project was part of MTN’s effort to economically empower persons living with disabilities in Ghana.
“MTN decided to extend its support to person’s living with disability because we acknowledge with concern the numerous challenges they encounter in their quest to access funds to develop themselves”.
MTN Ghana then reached out to the Federation of Disability to assess what could be done to empower PWDs in a sustainable manner and this is how this project was born, Mr Hini revealed.
The telecoms company he said is proud to have partnered the Federation to execute this project and to see it come to fruition today.
“We hope that this project will make the beneficiaries self-reliant and reduce the tendency of depending on others for survival”.
It is the company’s hope that, as a result of this initiative, beneficiaries will be economically empowered to provide for their needs and that of their dependents.
“We hope to see this project grow so that beneficiaries can earn enough income to put their children through school and not allow them to push them to beg for arms on the streets. Like a plant breeder, MTN wishes to enhance your living conditions with this project”.
That is why they designed tailor made kiosks that will support the PWD agent needs and make it comfortable for beneficiaries to look forward to going to work each day.
“We want the seedlings to grow into beautiful plants that will yield bumper harvest. However, let me quickly add that, the bumper harvest would not yield that easily: It will need care weeding, pruning etc”, Mr Hini advised.
In this vein, your venture (MoMo Agents) will require you to work hard, commit time and energy into making it successful. You need to be meticulous in your operations”.
This is not just an ordinary venture, MTN rewards its agents for their hard work with prizes such cars, cash, trip to places like Dubai among others. If the PWD agents work hard they stand the chance of winning some of these prizes in the near future.
Imagine how stronger the society will be if differently abled people are given opportunities to empower themselves economically.
Indeed, it is when people are economically empowered that they can transform the world with their ideas. It will also help support government’s efforts to economically empower PWD’s, he said.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah who performed the launch commended MTN Ghana for such a laudable and innovative idea.
The Director of National Association of Deaf, Juventus Dourinaah, said: “We see the partnership with MTN and particularly this initiative as step to empowering persons with disability to be financially independent and less dependent on the government, family and the community at large.
Source: African Eye Report