A cassava processing machine has been turned over to some women in Harper, Maryland County under the banner Ba nu a` deh women group by district #1 Lawmaker P. Milke Jurry.
The machine will help the women transform cassava into finish products like garri, Fufu, flour, starch amongst others.
Rep. Jurry said, the process is to empower women and make them self-reliance in the county, stressing that women are essential in every society mainly their homes.
“We are here again to help empower our people especially our women who we think are mostly important to our home.”
He justified that women once financially embolden will not continue to depend on handouts from their male counterparts. “You are all aware that women most often fall prey to either sexual abuse or mob violence, something we think needs to stop so, if they are empowered they wouldn’t just continue to sit home but will get busy with that they will at least be save.”
The Maryland County Lawmaker speaking at the turning over ceremony of the cassava processing machine, called on other women across Liberia to get engaged into similar initiative while indicating that he will explore more empowerment opportunities for residents of his district.
For his part, the organizer of the Ba nu a` deh Women group in the county, Mr. Prince Hady, praised Representative Jurry for the initiative and pointed out that it will be utilized for the purpose intended.
“Thank you, our Pa for this machine, few months ago we started planting this cassava and some of our friends said it was a waste of time because we didn’t have nothing to process the cassava.”
Cross section of women speaking, expressed joy over the move by their Lawmaker Jurry. They assured him that proceeds generated from the sale of finished products will be diverted into a loan scheme that will be given to members of the group to invest into micro business.
They disclosed that a farm land about one acre planted with cassava will be harvested soon to jump start their projects.