LAPO to enhance its CSR through tree planting partnership with IITA
Three delegates from LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited visited IITA–CGIAR on 22 September. Their goal was to explore collaboration with IITA in tree planting and agroforestry to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The inclusive tree-planting initiative would aim to improve the livelihoods of their local beneficiaries.
The team was welcomed by Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (DDG-P4D), Kenton Dashiell; DDG Corporate Services, Hilde Koper-Limbourg; and Head of IITA Forest Center, Adewale Awoyemi.
LAPO’s Head of Sustainability and CSR, Brandie Stevens-Igbe, gave a brief background of the organization’s activities and the aim of their visit. She said, “LAPO started as an NGO 30 years ago. It metamorphosed into a microfinance bank aiming to give the poor, underbanked women, and other beneficiaries money to participate in the economy, up their skills, boost their income, and improve their livelihoods.”