The Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman (BLPARW) was founded in September 1986, by Her Excellency, Late (Dr.) Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, after she conceived an idea based on the issues confronting women worldwide as stated in the United Nations Decade for Women (1976-85) Conference.Under her leadership, BLP – in its original set up – and through its various advocacy programs, raised increased social awareness, acceptance and widespread knowledge of issues confronting Nigerian women. It also empowered these women socially, economically and politically, and has since achieved outstanding results. BLP pioneered and promoted the launch of many cooperatives, cottage industries, farms and gardens, shops and markets, women development centers and social programs. It also advocated and promoted adult education, primary health care, agriculture, crafts and food processing. In 2004, BLP was renamed Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman (BLPARW). Hajiya Aisha Babangida (daughter of the late founder) is the Chairperson of the Program with an expanded vision and mission to cater for rural women not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.