Examples of Beneficiaries in Nigeria
“I am much happier now”
Anthonia Okafor has been part of a Swisshand-backed group of women in Umuoba Anam, since May of 2011, located 37 km north of Onitsha and 10 km east of the Niger river. Anthonia is married and has seven kids. She is operating a fishing business. Previously she had faced difficulties financing food, education and school fees for her children, and medications. The family’s means of subsistence relies heavily on her, as her husband is a farmer without a steady income. Since she has garnered the support of the microcredit programme, she has been able to strongly develop her business. The ability to safely store her inventories has decreased the need for frequent travels to purchase goods, through which she has been able to avoid costly transportation. This money she is now able to spend on her children. The microcredit programme has helped her realise her familial responsibilities and she claims to have become happier.
“God has sent us this programme”
Uchenna Okwunwanne is married, has two kids, and likewise lives in Umuoba Anam. She is a seamstress and wedding decorator. During her business training course before her accommodation of a loan, she became familiar with the concept of diversification. And so, she began, in addition to her clothing business, to make use of her loan by selling home-made cakes, sodas, and water. She also understood to reinvest her profits back into her business. With her second loan she fulfilled another long-awaited dream: she acquired a second oven as well as several seating spaces for rent. Uchenna is very content with the microcredit programme and claims that God has gifted it to those women who wish to help themselves. In addition, she is the leader of a group of women where she coordinates their activities and has achieved consistent attendance of all women along with timely payments of their loan instalments.
“Soon, I will build my own home”
Chioma Okonkwo is operating a snack bar. She is married, however has no children. She has taken in three special needs people for whom she cares for. Her income originates mainly from her sale of food and drinks at her small snack-bar, where she sells such goods at low prices. Chioma Oknkwo has been a member of a women’s group in Umuoba Anam since 2012. With her first loan she was able to improve her business. Now she is planning to expand her range of offerings alongside a diversified menu and additional drinks for sale. All of which she has learned in the attended business training course. Her most prominent sense of achievement was realised through her ability to acquire bricks, with which she can now gradually build her own home.