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 Registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) in November 2020, Work of Mercy Initiative (WOMI)  focuses on two main areas; women and young people.

Keying into the Sustainable development goals, WOMI is working to improve the condition of impoverished women and young people for economic sustenance through access to interest-free loans; human capacity development(education and skill acquisition), and enlightenment(awareness creation)

The empowerment of women to a large extent guarantees improved livelihood of the family. WOMI aims at providing opportunities for as many women as possible to be independent, which gives them the freedom to equal rights, to be better informed, to be confident and responsible, and to aspire for leadership positions.  WOMI pursues the goal of empowering less privileged women to improve their living conditions by providing access to interest-free loans and promoting entrepreneurial development for the improved overall well-being of disadvantaged women. 

WOMI is passionate about helping women and young people access quality life, which will help them gain confidence and aspire to become leaders in their communities

Currently, WOMI has empowered over 2007 indigent women in Wumba and Gwagwalada communities in the federal capital territory, Abuja, and at Nsukka in Enugu State, Nigeria. WOMI has also educated young people on the Effects of drug abuse on young people, Preparing teenagers for 21st-century business-driven careers, My Health- My Asset, My Body-My Consent, and more.

Through the recirculation system( a system whereby the monthly collections from the women in each community are used to empower more women in the same community), the number of beneficiaries increases every month.

WHY WORK OF MERCY INITIATIVE?

The Founder/Chairman of Work of Mercy Initiative, Mrs. Eberechukwu Chinazom Ugwunweze, was unemployed as a young graduate for 8 years. Having struggled for eight years, she could feel the pain of an unemployed woman even though she was busy raising children. As soon as she got a job, she quickly thought of how to alleviate the suffering of women. She asked her mother to search for women in abject poverty to whom she could render help as little as she could. She then saved some money and sent it to her mother every quarter of the year to give to women so they could start businesses.

This practice was on for about 8 years.  As the financial needs of her family increased, she could not continue anymore. Incidentally, in December 2018, the Founder joined a Christian Organization(Friends of Our Lady of Aokpe) for a “Help the poor outreach” in a slum (Kabusa) in Abuja. She therefore discovered that so many families are living in abject poverty in that community. During the Lenten period 2019, she decided to carry out her Lenten obligation in that community. 

Moreover, she started thinking of providing a lasting solution to the plight of some of these people. The idea of empowering  poor women which would in turn benefit their families was re-conceived

However, during the Covid -19 pandemic, her hairstylist, Mrs. Helen whom she had fallen out of due to the latter’s greed called for assistance from her, emphasizing that her family was dying of hunger. Mrs. Helen trekked from Kabusa to Garki, a 28.4 km walk to meet Mrs. Eberechukwu. Because of the pandemic, she stood outside waiting for Mrs. Ebere.  As soon as Mrs. Ebere delivered some food stuff/cash to her, she knelt in appreciation.

 Her action deeply touched Mrs. Eberechukwu. Later in the evening, she called to tell Mrs. Ebere she got home safely. She thanked her repeatedly but added that her neighbours faced the same predicament.

Then, Mrs. Ebere thought of rendering help by feeding as many people as she could in that community. She planned with her family, cooked with the help of a cook, and fed 400 people(the first day) in Kabusa village. This was done twice during the covid 19 pandemic.

 She strongly felt the need to empower poor women by giving them seed money to start businesses. She, therefore, planned with her husband and started giving out interest-free loans to women. She later invited some friends to join and that brought about “Work Of Mercy Initiative”.

 

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