50 youth-led start-ups in their host communities in Cross River have received grants worth N10 million from Lafarge Africa Plc.

Lafarge Africa Plc which is a cement manufacturer and building materials company, partnered with Cuso International, a non-profit development organisation in giving out the grants to the beneficiaries

32 females and 18 males were selected from a pool of 200 applicants as the beneficiaries of the grants and they hail from Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Calabar Municipality and Calabar South local government areas of Cross River.

David Brown, Lafarge Africa’s Plant Manager, said the grants were provided with the aim of encouraging entrepreneurship and reducing unemployment.

The grants provided will enable the beneficiaries establish businesses in fishery, poultry, oil palm processing, renewable energy and cassava processing.