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Nestlé Nigeria – Empowering More Rural Women Across Nigeria

By: HighCelebritySquard




Nestlé Nigeria is helping more rural women in Nigeria build financial security and

improve their standard of living with the launch of the fourth phase of the Nestlé

Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project in Port Harcourt recently. An

additional 50 beneficiaries from the South South region of the country, selected

from the company’s value chain, were inducted into the program at a ceremony that

included several training sessions.

At the training and induction session in Port Harcourt, Nestlé Nigeria’s Commercial

Manager, Mr. Khaled Ramadan said, “We are happy to fulfil our promise of

expanding Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project to reach more

women in other parts of Nigeria. We are pleased with the progress made so far by

the 150 currently benefiting from the project. The beneficiaries who currently enjoy

the training and mentorship provided by Nestlé and her implementation partners –

FDConsults, are reporting faster turnover and increased revenue as well as stronger

visibility of their outlets within their locations. We are therefore confident that these

additional 50 selected retailers in South South, will also reap the full benefits of the

support we are providing through training, mentorship and grants.”

The beneficiaries comprising female retailers in Nestlé’s value chain, will receive

grants valued at 300% of their monthly sales in form of Nestlé’s products. They will

also participate in training and mentorship programs which will enable them scale

up their businesses, thereby increasing their household incomes.

In his remarks at the induction and training for the new beneficiaries, Mr. Phranklin

Audu, Head, Partnerships & Training at FDConsults said, “The Nestlé Empowering

Rural Women project is such an amazing initiative. The progress and growth

recorded by the women in the several states where the project is already ongoing is

quite refreshing to see. We are talking about visible growth. Grade-C retailers are moving up the distribution ladder and more importantly these women are doing

more sales turnovers thereby earning higher incomes for themselves. We must

commend the visioners of this project and the entire project team for staying true to


One of the beneficiaries Mrs. Joyce Nwaiwo, expressing her gratitude to Nestlé

said, “I feel so happy about this opportunity. I still cannot believe that this is true,

because it is just like a dream. I want to say a big thank you to Nestlé.”

The Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project is designed to help rural

women retailers scale up their businesses and sustain the new level of up to three

times the size of their existing businesses. It is one of the Creating Shared Value

initiatives that Nestlé deploys to help build thriving communities by improving


The training and mentorship elements of the project are provided by FDConsults

who has a track record of helping rural dwellers access information and skills to

improve their standard of living. Each beneficiary retailer is linked to a mentor for

one-on-one guidance and consistent support over three months to ensure their


The project started in August 2021, in North Central Nigeria, with the induction of

the first 50 women beneficiaries into the project from the suburbs of Abuja. In

November of last year, the project moved to the South West and added an

additional 50 beneficiaries, selected from the axis of Oshogbo, Ede and Ilesha in

Osun State. In February of this year, the South East benefited with 50 inductees

from the Nsukka and Obolo-Afo axis of Enugu State.

With the additional 50 recently inducted into the project in Port Harcourt, Rivers

State, 200 women have so far been reached under the program. The program aims

to reach 300 women across the country before the end of 2022.




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