Mrs. Mercy, shown in the photo, is a 40 year-old HIV-positive widow with three children who opened a shop in 2017 and is now successfully earning a living to support her family. She continues to receive monitoring and attends the monthly support group with her children. Mrs. Bukola, who is a 37-year old widow with two children is one of the most recent beneficiaries of the project. She is in the process of renting a shop and plans to open a food/cold drinks store and small catering business.
Both women express immense gratitude for the help that has been given to them. It has enabled a new lease of life and even though they constantly battle HIV/AIDS, their fight has been made easier and more manageable with the financial independence they have gained.
Feb 26, 2018
Overview of progress so far and plan of action
By Helene Rich-Yoder - Project Manager
The aim of the project is to empower poor urban women by creating business opportunities for widows with HIV/AIDS and those who are sole guardians of children orphaned through HIV/AIDS.
Since 2007 Development Africa has opened 57 shops with a 96.5% success rate of continued and successful business.
After the women have completed their first workshop and training seminar they are then sent to find a location that they would like to rent. They work closely with the support group to ensure that the items they want to sell are in demand in the area and that it’s a suitable place and in a good location.
They are then given the funding needed to purchase their shops stock of goods and supplies. They are expected to turn in all receipts and keep a detailed record of what is bought. After the shop has been open for a few months, it is visited to ensure that everything is running properly.
In December 2017 six additional women have been selected for new businesses that have been sponsored through funds raised on GlobalGiving as well as from other sponsers and they have started to look for shops to rent and the shops should be up and running in the next few weeks.
Nov 27, 2017
Three shop-owners in Ibadan
By Rima Parker - Operations Manager
Here are photos of three women who have benefitted from the project in 2017. Their shops are running successfully and their lives have been permanently altered through the steady income they now receive. They are attending workshops regularly and are planning to expand the merchandise they sell to increase revenue.
Their children are all in school and doing well as the mothers now have money to pay for books and other items they need. The income has also led to a better diet as they can afford enough food to sustain themselves. They remain deeply grateful for the life-changing support that was given to them.