Sunlight, a leading household brand has restated its commitment to empower and make a significant difference to women entrepreneurs by supporting women-owned businesses in Nigeria.
Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, Unilever West Africa, Soromidayo George, speaking during a workshop in Lagos yesterday said the goal of the Sunlight Shakti programme is to enable financial security for African Women and transit from low-income to middle-income thereby bolstering their independence.
According to reports, over 6,000 rural women in Nigeria have already gained more power since the Shakti program’s 2004 launch. The program gave women access to funding, business training, and seed capital in the form of Unilever products, improving the livelihoods of rural communities.
He said that by 2025, Sunlight seeks to achieve its vision to empower 500,000 women in Africa.
“We are excited to reaffirm our commitment to empowering more women in Nigeria as it truly unifies our efforts to deliver more to Nigerian women, both inside and outside the home. We look forward to launching more activities that meet African women’s different needs in business.
“Across the country, Sunlight continues to do more through various programmes that empower women-owned businesses and move the needle in limiting barriers to success,” he said.
“Sunlight believes that supporting women-owned businesses across all stages of their entrepreneurial journey will help shift the general, usually limited; perception society assigns them. We want to do our part in unlocking their potential so that they can thrive and contribute to a bold narrative about women’s success both in and outside the home,” Oshuntoye said.