Mr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of LAPO, a pro-poor microfinance institution with operations in Nigeria and Sierra-Leone. An experienced microfinance practitioner and author, Ehigiamusoe who began his career as a rural cooperative officer has won several local and international awards amongst which are the Model Entrepreneur Award - Nigeria in 2008, and the Schwab Foundation’s Outstanding Social Entrepreneur for Africa Award in 2010. In this interview with James-Wisdom Abhulimen, he speaks about the progressive development of LAPO over the years, milestones, challenges and microfinance practice in Nigeria. Excerpts:
Sabina Idowu-Osehobo is the General Manager of Lift Above Poverty Organization, a non-governmental and non-profit community development organization committed to empowering the poor across the country. Over the years, the organization has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the provision of health, social and economic empowerment services. In this interview with James-Wisdom Abhulimen, she chronicles gender and health issues affecting the poor especially women in the society as well as the success of the intervention programme of the organization.