CATHOLIC ENTERPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Oyo/Oke-Ogun district of Oyo State is a guinea savannah region where majority of the people are peasant farmers, petty traders, artisans, teachers, commercial motorcyclists and other petty business. The population of the people in the said area is about 2.1 million. The people in this region have been long neglected by the governments. Generally, the people are poor and lack basic things of life. Long before now, they live a communal life. But individualistic tendency set in at a point. The supportive role of the extended family system is rapidly being eroded.Unfortunatly, the most affect are the women who more often than not are abandoned together with their children to cater for themselves.Hence, The focus of entrepreneurship development program is poverty reduction and well being of the people irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sex or age but with prefrential concerned for women. This entails building the capacity of the active poor to respond favorably to lack of income and lack of production towards sustainable livelihoods. It is a direct war against hunger, low purchasing power, malnutrition, limited access to education, public exclusion, family disharmony, children abandonment, loss of cultural values and the inability to participate in decision making.
The various interventions carried out in terms of training in wealth creation, in a local environment, business management, book keeping, market information and family budget aimed at expanding economic knowledge base of the active poor. Micro credit was also provided for members of groups to start or expand their economic activity..
The mission of EDP is to have a developed and widened production capability of the weak, the poor, the marginalized and the under privileged through skillful training and loan access.
Methods of operation