Gripped by fear and anxiety, she picked her children and fled her abode in Marte village to Railway camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, for safety. In her new settlement where she managed to build a thatched roof house for her household since the camp lacks basic amenities, Zara struggled to feed her children from her only source of livelihood, awara (soya beans cake) petty trade.
In line with the mandate of the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) project funded through Caritas Germany, Caritas Nigeria carried out a baseline survey, which presented Zara’s as a vulnerable household that was poor on food consumption score. In response, Caritas Nigeria provided her with an electronic card, which granted her access to the sum of NGN26,000 grant intended to solve her food needs. Additionally, she was trained on best agronomic practices and income-generating activities, leading to her establishing a poultry farm.
It was refreshing to see the improved living condition of Zara and her household during a monitoring visit. Within a short time, she purchased birds and feeds and stocked up her home with food. Her food consumption score also improved considerably. “I never knew I would pull through my difficult situation. The coronavirus pandemic even worsened my household’s living conditions because I was forced to stop selling awara due to the restrictions on movement. I am full of gratitude for this timely intervention. Thank you so much, German FFO and Caritas,” Zara said.
Written by Damijida Dominic Musa
Edited by Doris Mbaezue