Project Launch: 8/11/17
Minna is a city located in the Nigerian interior in Niger State. With a local population of over 300,000, less than half of Minna's residents are literate and most women have not completed high school. High rates of poverty in excess of 60% further complicate the ability of individuals leverage skills to maintain sustainable livelihoods.
The Aspilos Foundation seeks to change this reality, particularly for Nigerian women. In Minna, they hope to train and empower 30 women-led small businesses in the space of 30 days such that their income base can be increased by 30%. By strengthening the capacity of local women-led businesses, women in Minna can develop the necessary social and economic capacity to transform life for their families and their communities.
Project Update: 4/25/18
The first cohort of 30 female micro business owners has been trained. They have completed the four training modules in digital literacy and marketing, financial literacy & personal finance management, basic business bookkeeping, and customer service and business development/marketing. At this stage, participants will be evaluated to gauge the implementation of the skills they have acquired.
“The programme has been helpful, I have been able to gain some things to help in improving my business. As a saying goes "If you are not informed, you will be deformed". The knowledge I have gained will help in developing and improving my fashion business. Thanks Aspilos!”
– Folakemi, Project Participant
“I am very grateful for 30-30-30 because I have learned how to take care of my business, how to market, how to save, how to deal with customers and how to keep my accounting record. Before now, I did not use to keep a record of what I sold, I just used to spend the money on family needs.”
– Halimatu, Project Participant
“It was an educative experience. I have learnt a lot on business management, financial bookkeeping, customer service and digital literacy. My way of viewing business at large has changed due to the new skills I have been taught.
I believe with all I have learnt, I am encouraged and determined to grow and take my business global and to high levels.”
– Fauziyah, Project Participant
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