No fewer than 500,000 women will benefit from the Lagos State Tariro programme, which is designed to give children, especially women access to financial products and services, the chief executive officer of CHESTRAD Global, Dr. Lola Dare, has said.
Dare who disclosed this during a zoom press conference with journalists in Abuja, stated that the programme is in collaboration with the Lagos State Health Management Board.
She listed the main urban slums which are to benefit from the Tariro programme as Ikota, in Eti-Osa, local government area; Iba, in Ojo Local government area and Olowogbowo in Lagos Island local government area of the state.
Addressing participants during the event, she said, “We want to introduce you to a special product called Tariro, a health and financial inclusion programme which gives and expands access of children, girls and women to financial products and services.
“Tariro is a Shona, South African word meaning ‘Hope’. Tariro, will as a special purpose vehicle under this programme, target women in urban slums in Lagos and leverage financial services and technology to enable 500,000 women, and through them also give additional 2 million children access to qualitative services in health, nutrition, and early learning.
“To achieve these goals Tariro will establish multi-service Tariro centres (TC) in urban slums of Lagos. The TCs will offer financial services to increase economic opportunities for girls (10-14 years) and women (15-65 years), enabling them to purchase basic live saving outpatient health care services. Tariro is scheduled for 2.5 years,” she said.
She further noted that Tariro would apply financial services as a key lever for transformative change that will result in expanded economic and job opportunities for women, with increased purchasing capacities, resulting in access to qualitative health care, early education.