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Dinatu's testimony

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Dinatu Dauda once lived in Gwoza, Borno State with her husband, who was a small-scale farmer. Prior to the invasion of their community by Boko Haram insurgents, she eked a living from farm produce sales in a make-shift stall in front of her residence.

Before long, the growing insecurity in Gwoza compelled Dinatu and her household to flee for safety in Sengere Dutse, LGAwhere they were plagued with starvation emanating from depleted livelihood.

Such was the living condition of Dinatu Dauda’s household, until the intervention of the Protection and Assistance to Persons of Concerns through Livelihoods Support, which was aimed at strengthening economic activities at the homestead level. Sequel to the cash disbursement intervention in Sengere-Dutse from which Dinatu Dauda benefitted, she began to trade in fresh and dried groundnuts, which, in turn, she fetched her good profit. gradually, Dinatu began to provide her household’s needs. She also supported her husband’s agricultural business which now provides food for her household. Additionally, she joined a Savings and Internal Lending Community (SILC) group.
Dinatu admits, “The cash grant has given a boost to my business. From the SILC group, I can now save and also borrow money to support my business.”
 
Testaments from the beneficiaries show how much impact the Sa“The cash grant has given a boost to my business. From the SILC group, I can now save and also borrow money to support my business.”vings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology has, has supported them to acquire financial management training and has helped them to build lump sums to support their businesses and families without incurring excessive debts or interest charges. Caritas Nigeria is delighted to see how well the right interventions can change the lives of beneficiaries for the better.
Caritas Nigeria is grateful to all her donors and partners who continue to support her to bring relief to our brothers and sisters in need across Nigeria, through different interventions and strategies. “We will continue to work towards reaching more persons in need in hard-to-reach communities, especially during these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, where most people are barely surviving and even post-COVID-19, as no one should be left behind in this journey to achieving sustainable development”- Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina, Executive Secretary, Caritas Nigeria.

By Tabitha Bako, Thomas Haliru, Donald Fidelis and Doris Mbaezue

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