“The gesture is one of the statutory mandates of JDPC as a social arm of the Catholic Church,” he said.
He said that the commission was saddled with the responsibility of reducing poverty in the society through micro-credit scheme that would empower indigent women.
“We try to encourage the women to go into petty trading by expanding their capital baseline.
“`The women were organised into 39 groups for the facility and I am happy to tell you that most of the beneficiaries now owns shops and their business are thriving,” Kassam said.
The Coordinator said that the 599 women were given N10,000 each, and promised that the commission would improve on that in 2017.
Kassam called on the Plateau government to complement the efforts of the Church toward bringing sucour to less privileged families.