TRADING FOR A BETTER LIFE

Widow in her stall.

 

GMF provides basic ingredients such as oil, rice or soya beans that women can use to make food to sell. Once they have sold the produce they return the cost of the ingredients and keep the profit they have made. Women receive several installments over the course of a year, and their trading is carefully monitored until they have made enough profit to buy their own ingredients. Eventually women are able to run a micro business on this basis.

 

 

In discussions with widows and the guardians of GMF’s orphans, it became apparent that some of them already had a good idea of what form of livelihood they wanted to pursue as well as the know-how to make it a success. All they needed was a little encouragement and enough capital to start their venture. GMF provided them with a solid foundation to start their business in the form of financial help and guidance.GMF now has 19 women trading in various ways. From firewood to groundnut oil, from detergent making to selling wrappers, these women have shown great fortitude and GMF is proud to share some of their stories with you. 

OUR BRAVE WIDOWS

TRADING FOR A BETTER LIFE

Widow in her stall.

 

GMF provides basic ingredients such as oil, rice or soya beans that women can use to make food to sell. Once they have sold the produce they return the cost of the ingredients and keep the profit they have made. Women receive several installments over the course of a year, and their trading is carefully monitored until they have made enough profit to buy their own ingredients. Eventually women are able to run a micro business on this basis.

 

 

In discussions with widows and the guardians of GMF’s orphans, it became apparent that some of them already had a good idea of what form of livelihood they wanted to pursue as well as the know-how to make it a success. All they needed was a little encouragement and enough capital to start their venture. GMF provided them with a solid foundation to start their business in the form of financial help and guidance.GMF now has 19 women trading in various ways. From firewood to groundnut oil, from detergent making to selling wrappers, these women have shown great fortitude and GMF is proud to share some of their stories with you. 

OUR BRAVE WIDOWS

Ummkhulsum's Story

Ummulkhulsum is a young widow of 30 years with 6 children who was handicapped since childhood. She can only move along on her knees and hands or by using a wheelchair which is more often than not pushed by her children in the sandy lanes of Kawo where she lives.

Ummkhulsum and her children.

She joined our Trading program in late 2010 and started selling corn in her area.A deal was made with Farmland School to allow the 2 youngest children to start the academic year in September 2010 although we had no sponsor for them yet. Now in 2012 four of Ummulkhulsum's children attend Farmland School through the kind and generous help of a sponsor while the oldest two are in government school.

Ummkhulsum in new house.

 

When the family had housing problems the sponsor suggested to pay the annual rent for two new rooms where the family of 6 now stay - in close walking distance to the school. Ummulkhulsum includes her sponsor in her daily prayers, she says, having been helped out of misery and misfortune into a life of hope and with a brighter future for her and her children. 

 

 

 

My children and other orphans of GMF will one day, insha-Allah, be in a position to help children in need as they are being helped now" says Ummulkhulsm. 

Maryam's Story

 

Maryam, the mother of the 5 Suleiman children has recently taken a course in soap making. GMF are now helping her to run a business which earns the family’s income and Maryam shows determination and stamina despite the health problems of herself and children. 

Maryam making detergent to sell.

Maryam happily making her soap

 

The sponsor of the Suleiman family has stepped in and helped to find a customer for the soap. She receives regular contracts to produce the soap which at present taking costs into account she is able to sell at 40 naira a bottle. She has managed to produce 1,700 bottles so far. She retains the profit for her family.

Jummai's Story

Jummai is a widow with 7 children. Her husband, a vegetable seller died in 2005. To provide for the family Jummai plaited hair, earning 20-50 Naira (10-30 US cents) per head, which takes her up to 1 +1/2 hrs to do. She also gains money through renting out two of the four rooms her husband had left in her property for N16, 000 (approx. 100 USD) per year.When Jummai met GMF in June 2009, her four youngest children were placed in private school thanks to the generous help of a sponsor, who took on their scholarship. 

Jummai joined GMF’s Widows-Trading program and started to sell groundnut oil and palm oil. She buys the oils in big jerry cans and sells it in small quantities from her house. Children holding little washed out cans or plastic bottles come to her being sent by their mothers for the daily oil needed to cook a meal. Jummai still plaits hair but has been quite successful with her oil business.

 

Jummai bottling her groundnut oil.

With tears in her eyes Jummai tells us how she includes GMF in her prayers every day

 

In 2011 Jummai shows us proudly how she was able to pay for the repair of the entrance door in her house. In February 2012 her married daughter, Rashida fell ill and the husband who could not afford the medical bills sent her back home to her mother.  Jummai reports how she was able to use the profit of her small business to pay for a native doctor who started treating her daughter.Fortunately, after 2 months of treatment Rashida recovered and is now back with her husband and child. 

Aisha's Story

"Life stories like Aisha's is what makes charity work so rewarding" ,

says a member of GMF.

Aisha Isiacu is a widow since 2008. When we met Aisha in 2009, seven month after her husband’s death, we felt a lot of compassion for her. She could hardly tell us her story so distraught was she after her husband's recent death. Sobbing and crying made it difficult to understand her and we were taken aback by so much pain. Not only had she lost her husband and was now alone with 6 children, she was also left in extreme poverty living on what kind neighbors gave her. Little by little she had sold all she had from her house and now there was nothing left to sell.Aisha also had severe stomach pain from an ulcer which made the chores of her everyday life hard to manage. Aisha was very sick and very poor and so hopeless .... 

She was the kind of woman who didn't seem to be able to stand up and fight back.GMF took her youngest 4 children into our scholarship program, enabling them to attend private school for free.Next, we paid the annual rent for one room where she lived with her 6 children.  

We convinced her to join our Widows-Trading program although she lacked enthusiasm and will power in the beginning, still utterly submerged in grieving for her husband and not being able to cope with her new situation. We were not sure if she could sustain a small business but pushed her to think of what might sell in her area.

Aisha Isiacu (and her son)roasting groundnuts

 

With the help of the community she lives in and GMF's financial aid and emotional support, Aisha gradually developed a small business: she travels to a small village outside of Kano, Wudil, where she buys kuli-kuli  (groundnut spice), groundnuts and firewood at a lower cost than in the markets of Kano. She roasts the groundnuts in sand on the firewood (a specialty in Kano) and sells them from her house. Aisha currently makes a profit of N 2500 (approx. 15 USD) per week which is extremely high compared to other widows in our program.Now in 2012, Aisha is not in pain anymore, her stomach has healed; she feels strong and looks healthy because, as she says: "I now have food to eat every day and I am no longer hungry!!"

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Sponsors Say:

Honor

"To have an opportunity to make a change in someone's life .... That's what this foundation gave us. It’s such a great honor to be involved in giving people a chance for a brighter today and a brighter tomorrow. "

Khalil and Zainab Fadlallah, sponsors of 3 children in Hamdallah School 

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