Mar 9, 2020

Voices From Street Business School by SI4DEV

Dear Donor,

It is that time again to bring you updates of our activities in the field. The Street business school by SI4DEV started in August, 2019, with the recruitment and selection process, and was delivered in 6 communities in Nigeria. 96 people enrolled for the program in Bayelsa state(Yenegwe community ), Abuja(Orozo and Lugbe Sauka Kahuta community), Kano state( Sabon gari 1 and Sabon gari 2) and Lagos state(Ikotun Community).

The Street business school mobile classroom meet members in their communities and give them the necessary skills and confidence they need to build a sustainable business.

The Street business school curriculum suits everyone even for those with little or no formal education. Hear from some of our members.

“ Before the class, I was ashamed to hawk Soyabean cake (AWARA), but after the class I came out of my comfort zone and started Hawking my Soyabean Cake, now I make 2000 Naira on a daily basis, and I am able to save 1300 daily,” Victoria from Orozo community, Abuja.

“The Recordkeeping, Market survey, and growing your customer’s base module improved my welding material business, my customer base has increased,” Rifkatu reported, from Sabon Gari 2 Community, Kano state.

“ I put all what I was taught into practice, this improved my business, I bought additional three sewing machine to my business, one industrial machine and two butterfly machine, I now have six machines with more apprentices in my shop,” said Marian from Yenegwe Community, Bayelsa state.

Mark from Yenegwe, Community, Bayelsa state added that he came out of his comfort zone in the course of the Street business school training. He said, “I was able to rebrand my products (Oma shoes), take risks and above all advertise.”

Taiwo O from sabon Gari 1 community, Kano state was full of gratitude. “Before the street business school classes, I was so shy, I cannot even advertise my products, I sell soft drinks, in the course of the training I came out of my comfort zone and started advertising my products. My business improved, instead of the one crate of soft drinks I sell on a daily basis, I now sell 10 crates on a daily basis, I am currently learning how to make snacks, I want to add snacks to my business.”

“Before the training, I had no business, during the business opportunity identification, I came up with Jewelry production and marketing business” gushed Aminat from Sabon Gari 1 community.

“I sew dresses, when I put all what I was taught into practice I was able to add another business into the existing one, I now make lunch bags. In a week I make about 5000 naira, I am able to save 3000 naira, on a weekly basis.” Nafisat from Orozo community

“The Street business school taught me how to come out of my comfort zone, I started selling Egusi, at my house because I don’t have a shop, Street business school coaches taught me how to save.” – Margret B from Lugbe Sauka Kahuta community

“I learned how to repackage my business, this have increased my customer base, I also learned how to keep records of my business, now I know much comes in and goes out. My income increased from 10,000 naira to 95,000 naira, I also started “kunu” business, now I have two businesses” – Bridget O from Orozo community.

I hope that hearing these voices gladdens your heart as they did mine. We thank you for your continual support to our projects and encourage you to do even more.

Yours in service.

The SBS by SI4DEV Team

Dec 11, 2019

Street Business School by SI4DEV Project

The Street Business School by SI4DEV Project was rolled out in Nigeria starting in August 2019. This first phase will end after an initial 6 months of training and coaching visits. There will be another 6 months for monitoring and sustainability support. So far, SI4DEV has trained 2 master coaches and 14 volunteer assistant coaches on using the SBS curriculum to coach local women and youth to start or grow their business using the SBS model.

The volunteer assistant coaches support on-the-ground upskilling of 97 participants in four locations:

1. Bayelsa, Yenogoa (South South Nigeria) – 13 women
2. Kano, Nasarawa (North West Nigeria) – 19 women
3. Lagos, Ikotun (South West Nigeria) – 13 women and 4 men
4. Abuja, Abuja (North Central Nigeria) – 48 women

These selected communities are among the most disadvantaged/poor in the states and as economic growth
has stalled over the past few years, and the level of youth unemployment, hunger, and poverty in the country
is not helped by our stuttering economy which is yet to recover from 2016 recession caused by the global
slump in oil prices.

SBS TRAINING ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS
1. Orientation - Participants learn about the project, register and commit to completion.
2. Baseline Coaching visit – Coaches meet one-on-one with participants, baseline data recorded.
3. Module 1 - Participants learn to recognize their own potential and imbibe a sense of immediacy to
utilize it.
4. Module 2 - Participants can identify potentially successful and sustainable business ideas.
5. Module 3 - Participants learn about capital and resources, and how they can use both to start a
business.
6. Module 4 - Participants understand the value and necessity of record keeping and bookkeeping skills.
7. Module 5 - Participants can research the local competitive market.
8. Module 6 - Participants trained on strategies and the importance of business planning.
9. Mid-Training Coaching Visit – Coaches solidify relationships, recognize participants accomplishment.
Troubleshoot problems and look for additional opportunities, evaluate barriers, help provide solutions
and encourage participants yet to start.
10. Module 7 - Participants understand the importance of customers to growing revenue.
11. Module 8 - Participants learn the value of saving and managing money wisely.
12. Exit Coaching visit - SBS coaches gather information to assess the initial results of the training.
13. Graduation – Participants receive a certificate.

Nov 11, 2019

Happy Learners Project Complete!

Dear donors,

I hope this letter meets you well. It is my pleasure to inform you that the implementation of handwashing and hygiene education tagged the Happy Learners project for children in Kaduna state primary schools has been successfully completed!

There were some hiccups, since beginning in February 2019, but the Kaduna team persisted and emerged victorious. The project ended up lasting a total of 10 months instead of 6 months but they have now covered 5 local government areas (Kaduna South, Igabi, Chikun, Zaria and Kaduna North), and impacted over 2000 children and 105 teachers (at least 50 of these teachers have been enrolled as sustainability partners).

In the last phase of the project to Kaduna South, below are the details;

Name of Schools:
C.A.C SCHOOL, CHRIST SUPREME SCHOOLS, HEYIK INTL SCHOOL, SAFEWAY INTL SCHOOL, TRIUMPH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.
Date: 10-11/10/19
Time: 9am-12pm daily

NAMES OF THE PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY TEAM FOR KADUNA SOUTH LGA

C.A.C SCHOOL
Adebayo O
Moses A

CHRIST SUPREME SCHOOLS
Esther O
Esther J

HEYIK INTL SCHOOL
Mr. Alaiyemola E
Mrs. Ajayi O

SAFEWAY INTL SCHOOL
Success E
MRS. Victoria A

TRIUMPH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Mr. Peter D
Miss Faith Y

Estimate Number of Students and Teachers Impacted-
400 Pupils and over 25 Teachers

Key Lessons Learnt:
During the Session we observed that the Pupils were quite intelligent and basically took down notes of our activities.

Challenges:
It was quite difficult locating the school due to its location however we eventually did.
Some of the schools do not have hall, we had to use their play ground as alternative.

Quotes from Students/Teachers:
“Thank you for teaching us the Hand washing” - Adensanya T

Thank you all once again for coming with us on this journey. We couldn't have done it without you!

Warmest regards,

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