He was identified by the Caritas Nigeria Stable Trained and Empowered Migrant (STEM) project team, counseled and trained in fish farming to enable him acquire a source of livelihoods. He was provided with the startup pack after his training in fish farming and has established his business. His first sale of the fishes harvested, earned him N172,000 (about $480) from the sales of over 150 fishes.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has affected patronage slightly but that has not deterred him from also planning to expand his business to include a Grilled Fish spot to attract more customers and increase his income. He is also keeping some of the fishes for hatchery, while producing over 1,000 fingerlings for sale too.
Macpaul is grateful to Caritas and her funder GIZ for providing him with this opportunity which has empowered him and created stability in his life, as he is now able to support his mum and siblings. His fish ponds are located at 28, Otamere Street, off 2nd East Circular Road in Benin City, Ikpoba-Okha LGA of Edo State, Nigeria.