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NEWS: Linda Ikeji Keeps Her Word

You know I like Linda. Right? I even created a category just for her. Click here - Linda Ikeji. I like her like that! The last time I blogged about her, it was about the project she promised would mentor and support young girls who have big dreams. She's proven to be a lady who keeps her word.

Linda Ikeji Empowers 15 Girls In The 'I'd Rather Be SelfMade Project

Firstly, lemme confess that this news is about three days old. I didn't know until I visited Gloria's blog - TrendyLiving.  And I couldn't resist posting it on Heart Rays. Oh my!

Linda has selected 15 girls for the I'd Rather Be SelfMade Project. She will be giving N10 million to the selected women to assist them in starting their respective businesses.

This is what she said:
"I am so excited and I can't wait to help more young ladies start their own businesses. So earlier this year, I announced that I was going to set aside a N10million grant to help young ladies with dreams, ambition and great business ideas to start their own small scale businesses.And finally, I've done it. I've spent over N5million on 15 girls...and I have another N5million to give away before the end of the year. You have a great business idea and need start up capital? I'm here to help!"

She continued,
"So here's how it happened. I met with over 800 ladies in January this year, I got a panel to look at their proposals, we asked about 50 of them to present their ideas to us and then we shortlisted to 15 girls who are the first beneficiaries of the 'Linda Ikeji I'd Rather Be Selfmade' project. Above are 11 out of the 15 beneficiaries. Four girls who live outside Lagos (Jos, Umuahia, Ibadan and Warri) couldn't make it to our meeting this past Sunday August 23rd." 
the first time she met with the girls
"Two of the girls got over N600k each, another two got over N500k each, two got over N400k, others got over N300k and N200k. Only one girl got N150k.Asides from giving them money to start their businesses, I will also use my platform (LIB) to push their businesses. Whenever I post anything from any of my SelfMade ladies, I will indicate it's one of my girls so you guys can please patronize them.This money is 100% my own money. I didn't collect a dime from anyone. I want to first give away this N10million and see what the girls do with it before getting others involved. I'm truly hoping to make a new set of self made women and like I said when I stared this, I plan to do this for as long as I can. 
Once this N10million is exhausted, I will bring out more money. Also, I told the ladies/beneficiaries that if I see that their business is going well and they are really dedicated and extremely serious about succeeding, I will pump in more money into their businesses and by the end of 1 year, any lady who has most succeeded with the little they got to set up their business, will get an additional N1million. Two of them will actually get N1million each." 

This very paragraph got me tripping :) 
"I really, really want more women to succeed, to be more independent, to make their own money, and to stop sleeping with men for money. And I will do everything I can to help as many ladies as I can." 

This is exactly what it means to live life filled with positivity, inspiration and love. Go Linda go!

All credits goes to my friend and fellow blogger, Gloria. Thanks for granting my request, sweetie. *hugs* 

Happy Weekend!

Posted by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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