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Breaking Household Debt CycleCletus Ikolanju, 30 was overwhelmed by the heavy weight on his shoulders. His mother and father had passed away from HIV/AIDS when he was only 15, Most recently, when his aunt passed away, Cletus, was the only one left to care for his younger sib
Cowpea Processor Doubles OutputTwo years ago, Convenient Home Foods and Beverages Ltd of Kano, could barely produce 15 metric tons per year of the easy-to-prepare Hausa delicacy, danwake. With support from MARKETS’ Commercial Innovation Fund, the company recently commissioned
Farmer Reaps Rewards Of TrainingWhen Al-Haji Bala Turawa joined a USAID initiative to increase agricultural productivity, he had faith that his harvest would increase. What he didn’t know was how small changes could lead to such big results.
Fish Farmer Increases ProfitDurante Fish Industries and MARKETS, a USAID-funded agribusiness project, are addressing Nigeria’s need to increase domestic fish supply by at least 700,000 metric tons per year to eliminate dependence on fish importation and meet domestic demand.
Hope Through Income GenerationIn Nigeria, an estimated 1.2 million children have been orphaned as a result of AIDS. Many more are being cared for by parents, often young widows, living with HIV. For those living with HIV, the social stigma of being infected makes it difficult
Making Business PracticalGaining access to finance is a challenge for small and micro entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Options are limited. Banks perceive these businesses as high risk. Microfinance institutions struggle to find clients with the money management skills needed t
Markets' Farmer Wins Farming AwardSir Paul Udoka Egwuatu, 57, started cultivating rice in 1993 in the Omor rice-belt of Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra state. With a family of seven children he could barely earn enough from his 11.5 hectare farm of traditional rice vari
More Credit For The PoorConcerned about the inability of poor people, in Bendel State of mid-western Nigeria, to access micro credit for commercial activities, Mr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, in 1987 established a small microfinance institution named Lift Above Poverty Organiza
New Venture Ensures Profitable IncomeSamuel Aremu earned little income despite a huge investment in his timber business. At the same time rice farming, a common occupation among his people in the Pategi area of Kwara State was not attractive because of poor yields, a mere 1.5 metric ton
Nigeria Improves Food SafetyThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is responsible for ensuring the safety of food, agricultural products and drugs which are either imported, exported or produced for domestic consumption in Nigeria.
Planning For Peanut Paste ProfitsLike many caregivers in Nigeria, Jamila is responsible for raising her children and caring for relatives affected by HIV/AIDS. Previously, she relied on her husband or other sources for financial support. After her husband lost his job, neither w
Sorghum Famer Increase FinalFour years ago Alhaji Auwalu Balarabe farmed sorghum for household consumption and animal feed, but found the output barely covered expenses. While he had additional income, Alhaji Balarabe also knew the livelihoods of others depended upon sorghum
Sustaining Financial IndependenceA needs assessment conducted in 2007 by the USAID MARKETS’ Family Nutritional Support Program (FNSP) found that organizations serving OVC caregivers were not providing sustainable services. Many organizations were teaching a trade such as sewing,