OrderPaperToday – A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Sana’ada Ilimi Foundation, has given a N250,000 grant to five female Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja and Borno state.
Recall that OrderPaperNG reported how the women are getting back their livelihoods despite being displaced from the North East of Nigeria by Boko Haram.
The women, mostly widows, got N50,000 each.
The IDPs fled Gwosa and Bama Local governments in Borno state between 2011 to 2014.
Now breadwinners, they cater for their children and adopted wards, through their small-scale businesses.
The women are either into the sale of Kose (fried beans cake) or fried yam and potato, incense and perfumes, fish farming, production of local drink called Kunu and sewing.
Amina Ado, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and former Senior Special Assistant on Oil and Gas policy to President Muhammadu Buhari, stated that the grants were given to the women particularly because they are independent and are working.
Ado called on the government to find a long lasting solution to the plight of the displaced persons.
She suggested resettlement of those who want to return to their community noting that the North East Development Commission (NEDC) is adequately funded to carry out such activities.
Asides supporting the women IDPs, the non-for profit foundation also seeks to provide grants to entrepreneurs in Kano and Jigawa states.
Some of the women, reacting to the gesture from the foundation expressed profound appreciation over the grant.
One of the beneficiary IDPs, Liyatu Ayuba, the Woman Leader of 18 IDP camps in Abuja said: “The day you called me to get the numbers of the other women, I was surprised. I took it like a joke.
“I remember on the 31st of December, I prayed to God to help me this year, so that my business will get better so I can help other people. I asked God to open doors for me.
“The following day, the woman called me asking if I was the one they interviewed in the camp and confirmed my name. She said she was going to help me with N50,000 for my business. That day, I shouted thank you Lord, thank you Jesus.”
On what she intends to do with the grant, Ayuba said: “I assured the woman that the money I will not play with it but put it in my business and I believe the money will grow, I will use it to employ more women and it will grow to N50 million.
“May God bless and reward them. I am going to also use the money to help myself and my children.”
Hadiza Khadijat, a tailor and fish farmer living in Karon-Majiji camp, an Abuja community along the airport road, said the money came when she had a lot of bills to settle.
“The money came timely because I will use it in my business, to pay my children’s school fees, take care of my children that are ill and also to buy more catfish fingerlings for my fish farming. I appreciate Madam Amina. May God continue to bless her”, she said.
Another beneficiary, Ruth Steven who resides in Maiduguri and sells fried beans cake at the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damboa road, reacted saying: “I cried that day. She told me she is giving me the money to boost my business.
“I wish you saw me then. I didn’t know what I was saying. I called my husband to see it. I said God, thank you. In my life, this is the first time someone will ever give me this kind of money. God bless Aunty Amina.”
According to her, she will use the money to buy more tubers of yam and store them as against buying in bits.
This, she believes, will aid her cost of production.