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STANDARD Chartered Bank Zambia has empowered over 300 girls of Lusaka’s Kamanga Township with financial literacy.

Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Christine Matambo during the training session which was  said the training wast aimed at  empowering young Zambian girls aged between 12 to 22 years with life skills through sport.

“The programme which was launched in 2011 provides financial literacy and life skills training and this is a key step in their process of Economic empowerment,” Ms. Mutambo said.

She stated that over 7,500 girls have so far benefited from the time the programme was launched.

“Through a combination of sports and life skills training, this programme 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 the Bank’s commitment  extends to investing in the communities where it operates from.

She said 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.

Ms. Mukasa added tha the implementation of 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.

Standard Chartered Bank staff gave financial education skills training to the girls in Kamanga on topics such as savings, investments and income management, among others.

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