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Empower a caregiver...Reduce Gender Based Violence

by Olive Community Development Initiative
Empower a caregiver...Reduce Gender Based Violence

Bose a mother of two (2) whose husband due to having another wife, maltreated and neglected her, he went as far as removing the roof where she stays in the house that they both built together and left her all alone to take care of herself and the children.Bose takes care of her two children alone with no support from their father who abandoned them to focus more on the needs of his second wife.

Everything stopped going well for Bose, including her business.

Bose look so unhappy came to OCDI and she went through psychosocial support, later a token was given to her in which she started making and selling chinchin and with the gain, she started selling doughnuts.

Recently she updated the organization that she has started selling dried catfish and through Ministry of Women Affairs, she was given a gas cylinder which as really helped improve her business productivity. 

Presently she is happy, looking better and capable to take good care of herself and her children.

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From January to June 2022, out of the 42 survivors who visited the psychosocial unit of Olive Community Development Initiative, it was discouvered at least 76% of them have experienced psychological violence in which they could not speak about it.

As a result, OCDI organised a support group meeting with 25 caregivers who have experience violence before in order to restor their self esteem and empower them with necessary skills and information to access justice.

Furthermore, a session on self esteem reflection was held, in which they were encouraged to obtain certain skills that can be able to sustain them. The seesion was on how they can stand up for themselves, speak up against violence perpetrated towards them or those under them and also act as a voice in their respective communities.

In conclusion, the women were given opportunity to express themselves; Mrs S said she appraciated the program and that she feels more empowered to face any challenge that comes her way.

Another participant, Mrs A said that justice is most times been delayed as a result of inadequate information but now she has the right information to access justice on time.

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K.K is a mother of two who benefitted from the empowerment given at Olive Community Development Initiative. She is into selling of bead bags, shoes and kitchen utensils According to her, she will snap the things she sells, post it on her social media platforms and through that she gets customers who patronize and buy things from her. She was using her android phone for marketing and advertisement until it was stolen four years ago. After losing the phone, she lost all her customers and could not post on her social media platforms again in order to reach out to her old customers and as well get new ones. On getting the new phone, she was happy and excited; according to her, getting the phone is an advantage to her and a good thing; because her business will go back to the way it was. She will start projecting her business more, get in contact with her old customers and as well get new ones.

O.O is a fashion designer who could use android phone to boost and as well project her business. Get in contact with her customers, get new ones etc. according to her, she has been in fashion business for the past sixteen years but she doesn’t have an android phone that she can use in projecting herself. She remembered that she has lost a business worth millions of naira because she didn’t have an android phone. They said, there is no way they would be able to contact her and also, she may not get the styles given to her. Getting the phone, she was very excited; she said she believed with the phone, she will get much more contract that will boost her business.

A.B is a mother of two who also benefitted from the empowerment given at Olive Community Development Initiative. According to her, she has not taken pictures of herself for the past twenty years. Getting the phone and using it to snap made her happy and her self-esteem was boosted.

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1. Funmilayo is a woman with 7 children which she single handedly takes care of as she's separated from her husband who does not pay any childcare support on the children. She has photography and catering skills which she maximises by baking cakes and selling of confectioneries to finance her self and her children but because of the weight of her responsibility and the impact of Covid -19 pandemic her business crashed and since then she has been living from hand to mouth through people's goodwill and tokens she received from washing of cloth for people in her environment.

With funds received from GlobalGiving, OCDI bought her some necessary materials which is needed to kick start her confectionery business again. Now she has commenced her confectionery business and cake baking again and has been able to feed herself and her seven children.


2. Abosede is a mother of two children who was neglected by the husband for another woman takes care of her children alone. She is skilled in "chinchin" production, after the separation with her husband, her business folded up, she made little sales as she could only produce a little which was not enough to feed herself and her two children.

Abosede's business was fully revived with funds received from GlobalGiving, as she was given financial support. She now produces in large quantities, which has enable her to make alot of gain. Filled with smile as she can not only feed herself and her children but she is able to save a little.
From her savings, she embarked into "Melon" farming, which she combined with the production of "Chichin". Now she and her children live happily.

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1. Ramata is a mother of four children, whose business (production of soya bean cheese, and Soya milk) folded up during the covid 19 pandemic. Her partner left her with the children and he only returns every three weeks to give her 300 naira for feeding the whole family. This started making her to have suicidal thoughts as she was helpless.

Ramata was given financial support from the funds raised through GlobalGiving, to revive her business and obtain training on financial literacy skills. She also received psychosocial support from OCDI, which stopped her from having suicidal thoughts and restored her self -esteem.

The business has been revived and she can now produce soya bean cheese (beske), soya milk and sells the residues to those rearing goats. Ramata and her children can eat three meals conveniently now and she is working hard to expand her business.


2. Halimat has three children that she is taking care of all by herself alone. She has fashion designing skills but does not have a complete sewing machine. She goes to share with a friend somewhere else and her proceeds is normally divided into three parts between her the owner of the sewing machine.

During covid-19 pandemic, the sewing business became epileptic and she had little or nothing to do. Her partner abandoned her and the children without a means of livelihood.

With the support from GlobalGiving, OCDI bought her a new sewing machine head, since she has an old foot pedal at home. Now, she sews in her room with her own sewing machine and does not have to share her proceeds with anyone. She is happy now that she can take care of her children conveniently.







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Olive Community Development Initiative

Location: Ilorin, kwara State - Nigeria
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ocdikwara
Project Leader:
Oluwatoni Adeleke
Ilorin, kwara State Nigeria
$365 raised of $10,000 goal
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$9,635 to go
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