LAPO Has Improved My Health And Social Condition - Ijeoma Anyadegwu
Mrs. Ijeoma Anyadegwu is among the teeming clients of LAPO Microfinance Bank who also participate actively in the health and social training programmes delivered by LAPO NGO across Nigeria.
As a child, Mrs. Anyadegwu was denied access to university education, skills and other life transforming opportunities as well as affected by socio-cultural problems such as wife battery, exclusion from decision making and low self-esteem. She believes poverty goes beyond lack of funds to include poor health, low self-esteem, denial of rights, opportunities curtailed and voices silenced and therefore took advantage of the social and health empowerment programmes provided LAPO microfinance clients by the NGO to improve her health and social condition.
Mrs. Anyadegwu attributes her hitherto inferiority complex and low self-esteem to poor education and ignorance, insisting that participation in the gender, social and health empowerment training programmes of LAPO NGO has been of immense benefit to her. “When I started attending the training, my self-esteem increased as I began to value myself and relate with others more freely. The health awareness programmes have also helped my family a lot. During our branch council and weekly union meetings, we are screened for HIV, Blood Pressure and Sugar level as well as provided lectures on business management and information on common health diseases. These are provided free of charge across the organization to make clients live healthier and fulfilled lives. LAPO is really out to empower women and the less privileged in the society.”