Mobile telecommunications giant, MTN Ghana, through its Mobile Money Limited (MOMO) has launched an economic empowerment support project for persons with disability (PWDs) in Ghana.
The initiative will see at least 100 persons with special needs receive a funded Mobile Money agent setup; a move to empower them in a sustainable way.
General Manager of MTN Mobile Financial Services, Mr. Eli Hini announced this at an event which took place at the Accra Rehabilitation Centre.
He emphasized the growing challenges existing among physically challenged persons, and the dire need for an intervention. “Aside the fact that Mobile Money has been a great contributor to our financial inclusion agenda in Ghana, we have also seen a lot of jobs created. And a hundred of our friends (PWDs) are going to become part of that number”
“As a business, we understand the need to support, and there we have empowered directly in other projects including MTN Heroes of Change” he added.
Ghana is estimated to have about one-fifth of its population being with either physical, intellectual, or emotional disability. This group of people have been subjected to maltreatment and/or discrimination. Unemployment among persons with disability are increasingly high due to multiple factors. Those who have attained education even on the higher level are not likely to get through job application processes successfully because of implicit thinking among employers.
According to Mr. Hini, this initiative among other expanded programs to come, will seek to relieve such economic bottlenecks among persons with disabilities.
Beneficiaries were awarded a start-up capital of 4,000 cedis, a smartphone and specially designed, accessibility-friendly kiosks. This will enable them to set up as mobile money agents, adding to its growing catalogue of 140,000 agents across Ghana.
The scheme comes after a 10 year anniversary celebration of its MoMo operation as an innovative service. The project, which is in partnership with the Ghana Federation of Disability, comes as a major contributor to make beneficiaries more self-reliant and reduce the tendency of overdependence on others for survival.
The event saw the patronage of Hon. Igantius Baffour Awuah, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, who speaking at the program commended the initiative. He further entreated beneficiaries to be hardworking, diligent, focused, and further urging the public to patronize these businesses without discrimination He urged traditional and religious leaders, civil society, groups, the private sector and individuals to “add their voices to this cause ad advocate for the provision of decent employment opportunities for PWDs”.