While she idled at home, hoping for support to start up a business that would enable her to complement her husband’s efforts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) livelihoods support project implemented by Caritas Nigeria to reduce poverty and create employment for poor households, came through in the nick of time. Following a verification exercise by the Caritas Nigeria team, Sera was promptly registered as a project participant during the household vulnerability screening in the Dazala community.
Accordingly, she was enrolled in the project’s mandatory skills acquisition training, where she obtained skills in tailoring. Upon completion of her training, Sera was handed a business start-up kit to establish a livelihood from tailoring. In addition to owning a stable source of income, Sera identified with a Savings and Internal Lending Community (SILC) where she saves weekly and also uses the proceeds to cater for the needs of her household.
“My years of idleness were not pleasant, but I thank God for the timely intervention of the UNHCR and Caritas Nigeria which afforded me an opportunity to learn to tailor, and further empowered me with a sewing machine. In the past, I could not support my husband to provide for our children, but, look how I have become a successful tailor,” she remarked.
Story by Tabitha Bako