Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali – File Photo
Cairo – 25 July 2017: The National Institution for Family and Society Development has been implementing a program to combat poverty in Giza which executed 34,446 projects at a value of LE 108 million through local development associations.
Ghada Wali, the minister of social solidarity and the institution’s chairman, told press on Monday that the program is implemented in the most deprived areas and is directed to women and youth to escape the poverty trap, according to El Masry El Youm.
Projects by women reached 17,933 making up to 48 percent of total projects, while projects by men make up to 52 percent through 16,513.
These projects vary in nature as some are commercial such as selling upholstery, electrical tools, and groceries, some are agricultural such as livestock breeding and some are industrial such as manufacturing carpets and dairy products using available local resources.
Wali added that 20 service projects have been achieved in the areas surrounding these associations through the same program such as introducing water and wastewater lines as well as street-cleaning cars and environment-friendly bakeries.
As El Masry El Youm reported, the executive chief of the institution Abdel Hakim Hamouda said that the program had been implemented in all three governorates of Greater Cairo - Cairo, Giza, and Qalyoubiya – for the first time starting this year.
Beforehand, the program, granting loans of LE 2,500 - 10,000 through associations, was only taking place in Giza governorate. The projects funded through the institution received follow-up to ensure their success and competency.