Standard Chartered Bank Zambia has empowered over 300 girls from Lusaka’s Kamanga Township with financial literacy during a training session which was held last Saturday.
Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Christine Matambo said the event forms part of the Bank’s ‘Goal Girls initiative’ which empowers young Zambian girls aged between 12 to 22 years with life skills training through sport.
Ms Matambo said the programme which was launched in 2011 provides financial literacy and life skills training.
She explained that this programme is a key step in the process of economic empowerment of girls.
She stated that over 7,500 girls have so far benefitted from the time the programme was launched in 2011.
“Through a combination of sports and life skills training, Goal aims to empower and equip adolescent girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to be integral economic leaders in their families, communities and societies,” she said.
And Standard Chartered Bank, Head of Financial Institutions and Development Organisation Farida Mukasa, said Standard Chartered is proud of its 110 year history of operating in the country.
Ms Mukasa said the Bank’s commitment in Zambia extends to investing in the communities where it operates.
She added that over 7,800 girls have been reached through the Goal Programme and that by the end of this year the bank plans to empower 12,000 adolescent girls through sport-based leadership skills building and financial literacy activities.
Standard Chartered Bank staff gave financial education skills training to the girls in Kamanga on topics such as savings, investments and income management, amongst others.
The Goal programme is in line with the commitment that Standard Chartered Bank made at the Clinton Global Initiative to reach 600,000 girls by end of 2018.