Aisha Dasuki as a Community and Rural Development Expert, has a great passion for implementing life-impacting projects that strengthen local organizations and build local capacities for self-management, with particular focus on gender equality, organizational and community transformation. She has the vision is to inspire and empower a new class of Nigerians in our rural communities, by providing them with the essential skills and tools for personal development and supported them to build strong sustainable groups.
Over the years she has been involved in field work and have a good understanding of rural development issues, including participatory processes, joint management, and gender issues. In the last 5 years, Aisha Dasuki has been engaged with the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) as a specialist in women development and community and rural development. In this capacity, she has led and coordinator various rural community initiatives, such as a 6-day sensitization exercise in all 6 Area Councils in Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to enlighten the rural people on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) development fund. She also oversaw the sensitization program organized by the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) in collaboration with the Bank of Industry and Zenith Bank for members of the Association on the N220 billion MSME Development Fund, and also carried out Business Development Services training for the beneficiaries of the CBN MSME Development Fund.
Through her work, she encouraged the collaborative effort between AEA and the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) through the Gender Development Department, to train rural women in 6 Area Councils of the FCT. This included ground breaking work on economic empowerment of rural communities through community assessment, project design, evaluation and implementation. This project successfully trained 650 rural women on various skills and 71 groups/cooperatives were formed, with approximately N16 million disbursed to beneficiaries through a microfinance bank.
Aisha Dasuki has also played leadership role in outreach programs for about 20 different cooperatives and associations, including women’s groups, traders, farmers, community leaders, disabled persons, youths and volunteer groups. For instance, in one of such programs implemented in 2011, she facilitated the flag off of the market outreach, with the aim of further enhancing the capacity of market women and men to do business in the FCT, by providing them with the skills needed to manage their finance, through on-the-spot business advisory support and sensitization. AEA was able to train 700 market women and men on financial literacy in all the Area Councils of the FCT. Furthermore, in the past 5 years, She has acted as a Special adviser in the implementation of several consultancies and training projects on behalf of both public and private sector clients (SMEDAN, Federal Capital Territory-MDG, etc.), on diverse areas as entrepreneurship training, curriculum development, needs assessment, capacity development, writing of Feasibility Study and Business Plans. She is self-motivated with excellent teamwork skills combined with strong organizational and communication skills, including the ability to disseminate information and knowledge, public speaking, presentation, and interaction with different stakeholders (NGOs, funding agencies, government ministries, local governments, etc.)
Having acquired good contextual knowledge of local issues and sociocultural constraints and realities, undertaken several numerous field visits, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
She is a certified HP-Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs Trainer and also a certified Business Development Advisor/Expert with over 7 years’ experience in SME development, business advisory and training.